Tournedos are small pieces of tenderloin that are fried in the pan (usually from beef or pork) and are a quick and easy method to prepare a tasty dinner 👩🏻🍳
Tonight, we decided to eat pork tournedos after having purchased a beautifully red colored pork tenderloin from US Wellness Meats 🥩
At first I was surprised since I always thought that pork was “the other white meat”, but actually learned that pork is supposed to be a deep red color like beef. Regular industrial pork is unfortunately never that color because the pigs are so malnourished that they are anemic, creating a pale flesh that resembles chicken meat.
Pigs, like chickens are omnivores and are meant to forage on pasture where they can eat plants like acorns and insects. When fed there natural diet, heritage breed pigs boast a super healthy nutritional profile and are not an inflammatory food source as they are often called out to be (industrially farmer pork is a whole different story…I don’t buy that ever!) 🐖
To make Pork Tournedos for 2-3 you need:
1) 1 pasture raised heritage breed pork tenderloin (about 1-1.5 lbs) 🥩
2) fat for frying, lard from Fatworks is a good option but ghee, tallow or avocado oil work well too!
3) Salt and Pepper for seasoning 🧂
To make, begin by trimming and slicing the tenderloin into pieces that are about 1.5 inches thick. Depending on the length of the piece of meat, it’s usually 4-6 pieces 🙌🏻
Heat up the cooking fat in the pan and sear the pieces of meat until they are brown on each side and cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side!
Traditionally, we eat it with crispy onions and a cream sauce. My dad is the only one who eats heavy whipping cream so we made a sauce for him using: onions, lard, salt, pepper, garlic powder and grass fed heavy whipping cream 🙌🏻
First, sauté the onions in lard with salt and pepper
When the onions are crispy and brown, remove them from the pan to serve on the side and add salt, pepper, garlic powder.
Also remove the finished Tournedos from the meat pan and pour on heavy whipping cream into the meat juices. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder 🧄🧂😋
Let the sauce simmer and bit and serve over the meat 🙌🏻 We are currently working on a coconut cream version for those who cannot tolerate dairy protein 🥥