A Bacon Love Affair

I have an unhealthy love of bacon. I like bacon on anything and everything. In fact, this week I am even going to try bacon chocolate chip cookies. (And if they are good, I will post in the upcoming weeks). One thing being a weekly blog writer has really helped me do is find interesting ways to use my love of bacon and turn it into a 4-star worthy meal.
My mouth is watering as I type this. This meal was not only a hit with the grownups, but even the picky eaters in my household ate it all up. My children — like their mother — love bacon as well. The meal is pretty easy to make and will let you shine in your kitchen come dinner time! Pair with some orange veggies and you’ve got a part savory, part healthy Halloween treat.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions
Ingredients:
8 slices bacon
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 pounds pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 400° F. Place the bacon in a large, oven-safe skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and still flexible, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Keep bacon grease in the pan. (I know, super healthy, right?) Combine garlic powder, seasoning salt, basil, and oregano in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Wrap the pork tenderloin with the bacon strips securing with 1 or 2 toothpicks per strip of bacon. Slice the tenderloin between each bacon strip to create the medallions. Dip both sides of the medallions in seasoning mix. Mix bacon grease and oil together in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each medallion for 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Place skillet into the preheated oven and bake until the pork is no longer pink in the center, 17 to 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145° F. For thicker cuts, it will take about 25 to 30 minutes.
Do you have any bacon favorites? Share yours here.
—Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

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