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Apr 21, 2017

Roasted Porc Tenderloin (for sandwiches)

I was looking for a healthier alternative to cold cuts (which are anything but baby friendly) and I came across the option of using thin slices of cold roast meat, which is much tastier and - obviously - healthier than the processed meat from the supermarket.
You can use chicken or turkey breast, but our favorite is the porc tenderloin.
The spices can vary, depending on your taste, here is what I use:

- 3 pieces of porc tenderloin ("filet mignon") - mine had about 300g each;
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced or crushed;
- one sprig each - fresh rosemary and thyme; 
- 1 Tbsp sweet paprika;
- 1 tsp dry chives;
- 3 bay leaves;
- 2 Tbsp oil;
- pepper and salt by taste (if no restrictions).

Pat the meat dry using paper towels, lightly coat it with oil and place it in a Pyrex (or similar) pot. Sprinkle the spices on top, except for the bay leaves that should be placed next to the meat. Cover the pot with Se șterg bucățile de carne cu un prosop de hârtie, se ung cu ulei (cu mâna) și se așazăcling film and and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours (if you are in a hurry you can skip this step and roast the meat right away). 

When you want to roast the meat, turn on the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Add water to the pot to come halfway up meat, cover the pot with a lid (if it doesn't have a lid, make a cover out of baking paper).
Roast in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, then roll the meat on the other side and bake for 20 more minutes (also under the lid). In the end, roll the meat again, remove the lid and roast some more, until the meat forms a crust on top.

To check if it's ready, try the meat with a fork - it should be tender. If necessary, roast it some more, but make sure it has enough water, otherwise it gets dry. When ready, remove from the oven and let cool.
Once cooled, remove the meat from the sauce and keep it in the fridge, covered in cling film.

My kids love to have fine slices of roast meat on bread and butter. Obviously, you can also serve this warm, with some vegetables on the side.


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