For the past three years now I’ve been working with Smithfield to create recipes using their various pork products. In case you’ve missed any of my previous posts you can click here to check out all the different dishes I’ve come up with thus far.
For my last recipe of the year they shipped me one of their Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloins, which I used to make Pork Tenderloin Gyros with Bacon Tzatziki Sauce.
I’ve mentioned this in all my previous Smithfield posts, but what I absolutely love about all of their Fresh Pork — aside from the huge variety of cuts and flavors available — is that it comes marinated and seasoned and all you have to do is grill it, roast it, sauté it, or throw it in your slow cooker. All the prep work is done the second you open the package.
The whole not really having to do any work as far as the meat goes thing really came in handy with these gyros because since this was my first time making homemade tzatziki sauce I was able to pretty much spend all my prep time on that, By the time the pork tenderloin was ready I had the sauce done, and the tomatoes and onions sliced and all that was left to do was assemble the gyros!
Prior to make these I was a little leery about how the pork tenderloin would work as a replacement for the traditional lamb meat that you usually find in gyros, but after slicing it nice and thin lengthwise and taking a bite I was convinced. The seasoned Smithfield pork easily stood up taste-wise to any gyro I’ve ever eaten and trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of gyros in my life….
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Or, if you’re just not a fan of gyros or you’re looking for something to keep you warm during these upcoming winter months you could also use the same Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Pork Tenderloin to make these Fresh Pork & Pasta Soup Bowls. Plus, you you can always head over to the recipes section of Smithfield.com where you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something you like!
- 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin
- 6 slices Smithfield bacon
- 3 pitas
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 tomato, sliced
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup dill, chopped
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- Cook bacon according to the directions on the package and save the grease to use for the Bacon Tzatziki Sauce.
- Cook Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin according to the directions on the package and slice into long, thin strips.
- For the tzatziki sauce peel and grate or finely dice the cucumber and squeeze as much liquid out of it as possible.
- Combine the yogurt and leftover bacon grease in a bowl and add the cucumber, diced bacon, garlic, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper and mix everything together.
- Fill each pita with sliced tenderloin, onion, tomato and top with tzatziki sauce and feta cheese.