Cajun Pork Pinwheels

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Quick Facts

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 50 min.
Total: 1 hr. 10 min.
Pork pinwheels with a veggie filling are a creative, colorful way to get the family to dinner.


  • 2 pork tenderloins, 1 pound each
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbs fennel seed, crushed
  • 1-3 tsp lemon pepper seasoning


  • Using sharp knife, cut lengthwise slit down center of 1 pork tenderloin almost to, but not through, bottom of tenderloin. Open tenderloin so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Working from the center to edges, lightly pound tenderloin with flat side of meat mallet or rolling pin until about 1/4 inch thick; remove plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining tenderloin.
  • Heat oven to 325° F. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add red bell pepper, onion, celery, thyme, garlic salt, red pepper and paprika; cook about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender; stirring frequently. Spread vegetable mixture evenly over each flattened tenderloin to within 1 inch of edges. Starting with shortest side, roll up; secure edges of each roll with toothpicks or tie each with string. In small bowl combine fennel seed and lemon-pepper; press mixture onto top and sides of each tenderloin roll. Place rolls seam-side down on rack in shallow pan. Roast for about 45 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160° F. Let rolls stand 5 minutes. Remove toothpicks or string; slice.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board

Serving Suggestion: Try these tenderloin pinwheels with rice pilaf and grilled zucchini.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 197
  Calories from Fat 61 (31%)
(11%)Total Fat 7g
(10%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
(28%)Cholesterol 84mg
(11%)Sodium 275mg
(0%)Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
(4%)Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(62%)Protein 31g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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