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Aug 28, 2007 12:55 PM

What to do with leftover pork tenderloin

I bought a pre-seasoned onion-garlic pork roast, that was pretty small, but it was more than the two of us could eat, so now I have 50% leftover and don't know what to do with it. Now, you have to take into account that my DH is a super duper picky eater, so no casserole type things, and absolutely, positive no vegetables. I would just re-heat it, but that would be boring unless I can do something special. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. You could shred it and make a sandwich ( I like to use a little home-made bbq sauce to make mine ) or do some tacos. Or maybe dice it and put it on a salad?

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    1. re: bodie

      Yes, the shredded pork sandwich is what came to mind right away. I assume that since you said no vegetables a stir-fry is out? Sesame noodles with the pork added would be good as well.

      1. re: bodie

        Hmmm . . . the sandwich idea might fly with him, but no way would he eat a salad! I'm not sure I can shred the pork, but it's worth a try! Thanks!

        1. re: danhole

          If you can't shred it, slice it very thinly, then heat it very slowly in the barbecue sauce. It won't even taste leftover if you heat it that way.

          1. re: beccaboo

            The best sandwich I have ever had was one my husband made with leftover pork tenderloin! He sliced it thinly, used some homemade bbq sauce, cheese (don't remember what kind). I think he used hamburger buns, then toasted the whole thing.

      2. Does he like tuna? I like to make a tonnato sauce - you then layer it with thin slices of the pork and let it sit overnight - delicious.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          No tuna! He eats like a picky 4 year old - hot dogs, bologna, fries, corn, meat, potatoes. chicken wings, spaghetti (no mushrooms) and pepperoni pizza. There are a few more things but not many!

        2. Serve at room temperature, in thin slices, sprinkled with a coarse salt, and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. Even better with one of the colored salts. In effect, treat it as a salad or appetizer component, rather than a leftover.


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          1. re: paulj

            I actually love enchiladas made with leftover pork, stuff tortillas with pork and cheese (I won't dare suggest sauteed onion as that is a veg?) and top with a tomatillo or red sauce and bake.

          2. Slice it about 1/4 in rub blackening season on it and stick it on wire rack in the oven at 250 for a few hours till it dehydrates. Dice it and toss it in salads, mix in cream sauces. Great with shrimp. Freezes well. Its called tasso ham and is widely used in Louisiana.

            Also slice it thin put on baguet with mustard, ham, swiss cheese and sliced pickles. Great on a panini press. Must be pressed. Called a Pressed Cuban.

            1. I was at an outdoor venue recently and they had pork tenderloin that was breaded and fried on sandwiches.

              I personally would shred it and serve with BBQ sauce for sandwiches or mix it some verde salsa and eat with tortillas.