Pistachio Cranberry Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin by Carol Kicinski

6 servings.

¾ cups Raw unsalted pistachios (use divided)
¼ cup Dried cranberries
1 Clove garlic
4 ounces Goat cheese, at room temperature
Salt and pepper
1 – 1½ pound Pork tenderloin
2 – 3 tablespoons Vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 350° F.
Toast ¼ cup pistachios in a small, dry skillet over medium high heat until they are toasted and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly. Grind the remaining ½ cup pistachios in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Pour onto a plate and set aside.
Put the roasted pistachios into the food processor (no need to clean out the processor first) along with the dried cranberries and garlic. Pulse several times until the mixture is evenly ground. Add the goat cheese and pulse to combine well.
Butterfly the pork tenderloin by placing the tenderloin on a cutting board and slicing it lengthwise almost all the way through and then opening it out like a book. Sprinkle the inside of the meat with salt and pepper. Spread the pistachio/cranberry/goat cheese mixture evenly on the inside of the meat, leaving about a half inch border. Roll the tenderloin lengthwise and tie with butcher’s string at about 2 inch intervals. Roll the tied tenderloin in the ground pistachios, pressing the pistachios onto the meat, until fully coated.
Heat the oil in an oven proof skillet just large enough to hold the tenderloin until smoking hot. Place the tenderloin in the skillet and sear on all sides for 1 – 2 minutes or until browned. Place the skillet into the preheated oven and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through. Temperature on an instant read thermometer should be 145 degrees for medium (still pink on the inside) and 160 degrees for well done.
Remove from the oven. Place the tenderloin on a serving platter and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!