This Blue Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin is quick to make and packs a ton of flavor!
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Seriously, who wouldn’t love a juicy pork loin wrapped in bacon?
A couple weeks ago I told you how often we cook pork loin around here when I shared my Sweet & Smoky Green Chile Soup with ya’. Which is a lot, just in case you didn’t see that delicious recipe yet. Pork loin is so great for an easy weeknight meal that I always have one in my fridge ready to go. The soup I made shows just how versatile a cut it is (and the fact that it’s so lean is just a bonus), but this bacon-wrapped pork loin? This is my favorite so far.
I didn’t use just any ol’ pork loin, either. I picked up a Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet – that’s right, it’s bacon flavored. It is SO GOOD just on its own. We threw one on the grill last week and didn’t do a thing to it! 25 minutes later we had a juicy, tender pork loin with hardly any effort.
I stuffed the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet with a good blue cheese (about a quarter to half a cup) then wrapped it all in Smithfield Bacon! Pork on pork is always a good idea, in my opinion. To really make the flavors pop, I brushed the bacon-wrapped pork loin with a mixture of honey and balsamic vinegar. It’s such a simple step but really brings the flavors together.
This recipe comes together in about 30 minutes, start to finish! It’s perfect for busy weeknights yet elegant enough that you could serve it to guests. My girls loved it (I’m fortunate that they’re both blue cheese lovers like me)!
Don’t be concerned if a little blue cheese leaks out a bit. The bacon helps to keep it all in and also helps to keep the pork loin very moist. I may add some dried cherries to the blue cheese the next time I make it (doesn’t that sound yummy?). Because there most definitely will be a next time!
Below is another recipe using the smoked bacon pork loin filet that looks so good! For a chance to win a trip to Napa wine country and other prizes, visit the Smithfield Real Flavor, Real Fast website and share your tips and tricks for using Smithfield marinated pork products to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.
- 1 Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet
- 8-10 slices Smithfield Bacon (not thick-cut)
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Sear pork loin in a hot skillet with a little vegetable oil over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Cut a large slit lengthwise into pork loin, taking care not to cut all the way through. Stuff with blue cheese and hold closed.
- Lay bacon on a large cutting board with edges slightly overlapping lengthwise. Set pork loin on bacon. Slowly roll up the pork loin and bacon until pork loin is completely covered.
- Place bacon on a wire baking rack set over a sheet pan (cover the sheet pan in foil, if desired, for easy cleanup later). Mix together honey and vinegar, then brush about half over bacon.
- Place in oven and cook for 20 minutes. Brush with remaining honey mixture, return to oven and cook another 5 minutes or until pork loin is cooked through.
- Allow pork to rest 10 minutes, then slice and serve.