Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is a common entree in our home. Parmesan, Panko breadcrumbs and Smithfield® Prime Pork Tenderloins are just fabulous creations in their own right. Put them together, and they equal pure deliciousness. If you haven’t tried Smithfield® products, please try it soon. Their pork products make dinner incredible with less work.
This Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin is bursting with tender juiciness, lightly-seasoned flavor, and a crisp bite to the exterior. What more could we ask for in a quick weeknight meal? Yes, I did say quick and weeknight in the same sentence. Because it is that easy. Believe me when I say your prep work for this meal will be done in less than 10 minutes.
Pork is most definitely known for being the other white meat. It is surprisingly lean. I had sworn off pork of any kind many years ago, when I was in my “I don’t care for the taste of pork” phase. It eventually dawned on me that with the right cuts, it is a lean protein that makes the taste buds happy. I was just purchasing the wrong brand and cuts. I can honestly say that pork and I have become close friends again.
Easy Parmesan Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, grated parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper.
Roll pork tenderloin in mixture until it is well covered.
Bake uncovered 45 – 50 minutes until golden and cooked through. (The FDA notes that a safe internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F, as measured with a meat thermometer.)
Remove pork from the pan, cover, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
- Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free panko breadcrumbs or gluten-free rice cereal blended into a fine crumb mixture instead of traditional panko breadcrumbs to make this dish gluten-free.
- 1 pork tenderloin (2-4 lb)
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ⅔ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Pre-heat over to 375 degrees. Lightly spray foiled wrapped a rectangular baking dish with the nonstick spray..
- In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, grated parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Roll pork tenderloin in mixture until it is well covered.
- Bake uncovered 45 - 50 minutes until golden and cooked through. (The FDA notes that a safe internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F, as measured with a meat thermometer.)
- Remove pork from the pan, cover, and let stand 10 minutes before slicing to serve
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