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Old 01-22-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
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Tenderloin

Was going to try a recipe for beef tenderloin I saw on the greatest show on Earth (Good Eats), but wasn't going to fork out nearly $12/pound!

Can pork tenderloin be subbed for beef tenderloin (will cook all the way through, not just to medium-rare)?

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Old 01-22-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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Not knowing what the recipe is, cannot really comment.

But beef and pork tenderloin, and we do love both, are very different.

If you post the recipe I am sure the very kind folks on this site will give you great advice.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:16 PM   #3
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Where do you find it for $12 a pound? The last I bought was nearly $30!

It's perfectly safe to eat today's pork while still pink but the flavors are so completely different it wouldn't be the same dish. That isn't to say it wouldn't be very good.
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Old 01-22-2006, 04:50 PM   #4
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They really require different cooking techniques because pork tenderloin is so much "narrower". A good thing to do with PT is to marinate it in say, a soy/teriyaki marinade for an hour. Then in a cast iron or un-non-stick oven proof skillet, sear it on all sides. Put it in a 400* oven for about 15 minutes more. Let rest. The internal temp should be 145*--NO more!!
Beef tenderloin fluctuates in price a lot but I have never seen it at $30 even at Whole Foods. Sam's and Costco have good prices. It goes up around holidays. I usually pat about $8.99.
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Old 01-22-2006, 05:31 PM   #5
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Beef and Pork loins taste different but I have supsatuted pork tenderloin for catering jobs because of the cost and they loved it. I use a jerk seasoning and serve it with sauted onions and a fruit chuttney.
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:01 PM   #6
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Well, the recipe is steak poivre, I think. It's really quite easy. Salt up the 1.5" thick steaks on each face and then "dredge" (not really the technique, but I can't think of any other way to put it) each face on very coarse cracked peppercorns. Lube your pan and cook on both sides. Then there are directions for a pan sauce. Return the steaks to the pan and cover in the pan sauce. Serve.

Sam's had whole beef tenderloin for $12.99, but the smallest package topped out over 5.5# and $75 is a whole lot of money to plunk down like that. At $8.99, it would still be alot, but a big special occasion would warrant it.

If my wife sees pink anywhere near pork, she runs to the microwave. We had to stop giving the kids strawberry milk one time...lol! My wife likes her steaks well done, while I prefer mine medium rare (and have eaten pork and chicken done this way, but that wasn't completely on purpose).

Anyway, Good Eats had an episode on tenderloin ("Tender is the Loin") and it just looked to good to not investigate.

Thanks for all the help!

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Old 01-23-2006, 02:04 PM   #7
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You don't have to use tenderloin steaks for steak au poivre. Any good steak will do. Actually, I'd prefer a sirloin strip for this dish - more beef flavor to stand up to the peppercorns.
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:43 PM   #8
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For steak au poivre, pork and beef are not interchangeable, IMO.

They taste too different.

You may not need an entire tenderloin if you are going to cut it into steaks. What will you do withthe excess? Maybe just buy individual steaks.

PLus ...

If you are cooking your meat to well done, it's probably not worth it to pay big bucks for filet mignon. Try a NY strip or other cut, as Andy says.
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:22 PM   #9
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jenny,

Eventually, the entire tenderloin would be eaten. I happen to be a big fan of beef.

My wife's steak would be well done. The kids' meat would be medium and mine would be as close to medium rare as I can get it.

The recommendation for the entire tenderloin was that it tends to be much much cheaper to buy cryovac-ed whole as opposed to already cut. The whole monsters come packaged right from the factory, so there is less knifework going on to jack the prices up on.

I will stick with beef for this recipe, though.

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Old 01-23-2006, 03:28 PM   #10
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As has already been said, pork is not a good substitute for beef.

However, you could make a pork au poivre and it would taste great. It just won't taste like beef.
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