Yesterday I posted about the James Bond themed cocktail party I hosted on Saturday. Since James Bond doesn’t eat much in any of his movies, I decided to prepare food that I knew my friends would like. I ended up making Pork Tenderloin sliders with caramelized onions and an au jus gravy. The inspiration for this meal was the fact a nasty thunderstorm hit Chicago just when I was about to head to the grocery store, so this meal was created using food I had in my fridge already. I randomly had purchased pork tenderloin a couple of days before, so I got lucky. When the rain let up I ran to Whole Foods for buns, cheese, and beer, you know the basic food groups.
The pork tenderloin recipe is basically the same as Woody’s Pork Tenderloin that I shared a while back. The only difference is that I added a few cloves of garlic and cooked it in a slow cooker. I also turned the au jus into a thicker gravy because I thought it would make the sandwiches easier to eat. I added caramelized onions to the sandwiches because they are
I let the tenderloin cook for about 4 1/2 hours. An hour before guests were arriving I chopped up and onion and caramelized it. Once the onions were ready, I took the pork tenderloin out of the crock pot. I let it sit while I turned the au jus into a gravy by putting it in a sauce pan and adding corn starch. Once the gravy was ready I sliced the pork, assembled the sandwiches, and put them in the oven at 300 degrees to keep them hot. Everything was ready when my friends came over so I got to enjoy my friends company and not worry about preparing the food. I even had time to clean up the dishes first which worked out perfectly since we were going to the movies and then the bars after the cocktail party.
These sandwiches were a fancier alternative to your usual burger sliders, and the active preparation time was under an hour. The meal requires few ingredients, making it inexpensive. For less preparation time, and a fancier presentation, just slice and serve the pork tenderloin with the gravy instead of making sliders. I made the sliders since I was hosting a cocktail party and not a dinner party, and I wanted everything to be ready before my friends arrived, and I wanted as little clean up as possible.
You will need:
2-3 pounds of Pork Tenderloin
1 cup Red Wine
1 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup Soy Sauce
3 cloves minced Garlic
1 White Onion
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Small Buns or Dinner Rolls
1/4 cup Corn Starch
1/4 cup Water
Combine the wine, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and garlic in a crock pot. Add the pork and cook on low for 4 1/2 hours.
After 3 1/2 hours, chop the onion into long pieces. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the onion and cook until deep golden brown, stirring every 5-10 minutes. I let this cook for about 40 minutes while I cleaning up the apartment and prepared a cheese and vegetable platter.
Once the pork has cooked for 4 1/2 hours take it out of the crock pot and let it sit. Pour the liquid from the crock pot into a saucepan. In a small bowl combine the corn starch and water, stir together until the corn starch has dissolved. Add the corn starch mixture to the saucepan. Heat over medium heat stirring frequently. Let it come to a slow bowl, and continue stirring for one minute while the sauce thickens.
Slice the pork tenderloin and assemble the sandwiches. I put 2 slices of pork, a spoonful of the caramelized onions and a couple spoonfuls of gravy on each sandwich. If you are not serving the sliders immediately just place the assembled sandwiches in a 300 degree oven to keep them hot.