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Asparagus-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Asparagus looks lovely tucked inside this juicy pork tenderloin. The robust seasoning rub dresses up an eye-catching entree you'll be proud to serve for a special occasions. —Tonya Farmer of Iowa City, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Grill: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon each onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, seasoned salt and poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 to 10 fresh asparagus spears, trimmed

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; set aside. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of pork tenderloin to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open so meat lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon seasoning mix over meat.
  • In a large skillet, bring water to a boil. Add asparagus; cover and cook for 2 minutes. Drain asparagus and immediately place in ice water; drain and pat dry. Place asparagus lengthwise over tenderloin.
  • Fold meat over asparagus, starting with a long side, and secure with kitchen string. Sprinkle with remaining seasoning. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°, turning occasionally. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 201 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 299mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable.

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