I like and prefer pork tenderloin to other pork roast cuts. It is expensive ( if not on sale ) but if purchased on sale it is cost effective because:
1 ) no fat 2) no bones 3) it is extremely tender so there are no portions of it that are too tough or chewy for small children ….and everyone thinks that you are a wonderful cook since it ALWAYS turns out so well :)
I purchased a pork tenderloin on sale and cut it up into several pieces, seasoned it with coarse ground black pepper and Emeril’s basic seasoning, and cooked it in the crockpot with some garlic for several hours until it was fork tender and falling apart.
The grocery store also had a big package of kielbasa on sale for 4.98. ( this was a 2-day special sale that they occasionally run on items )
The initial dinner for family and friends was pork tenderloin, kielbasa ( 1/2 of the package: I froze the remainder ) cooked together with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and fresh local green beans. This served 3 adults and 5 children.
Because I also had the cheaper kielbasa served along with the pork tenderloin, there was plenty of tenderloin left over.
Following day leftover dinner or work lunch for 1 adult : tenderloin ( some of it ) cut up and mixed with BBQ Sauce and served with sides. ( just a leftover meal for me )
One more day and full dinner out of that pork tenderloin : I made a gravy with the juices that I’d saved, and that pork & gravy was served with fresh mashed potatoes and local fresh corn on the cob, salad and bread. ( 2 adults 2 children )
The tenderloin was large and cost 11.98. Regularly priced it would have been close to 20.00 or more. As to the rest of the kielbasa that I froze, a meal of kielbasa, green and red pepper, onion and sliced potatoes cooked in a skillet plus some fresh local vegatables or a big salad will feed a family of 4+ more on another day.
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