Spinach 'n' Basil-Stuffed Tenderloins

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6 servings

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Ingredients

•1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
•3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
•1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
•1 egg
•1/3 cup minced fresh basil
•1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
•1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
•2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
•2 teaspoons fennel seed, crushed

Method

•Soak grilling plank according to package directions. In a small skillet, saute 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the spinach, egg, basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; set aside.
• Make a lengthwise slit down the center of each tenderloin to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open tenderloins so they lay flat; sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Spread stuffing down the center of each tenderloin. Close each tenderloin; tie at 1-1/2-in. intervals with kitchen string.
• In a small bowl, combine fennel and remaining garlic and oil. Reserve 1 tablespoon for basting. Brush remaining mixture over tenderloins.
• Place plank on grill over direct medium heat. Cover and heat until plank creates a light to medium smoke and begins to crackle, about 3 minutes.(This indicates the plank is ready.) Place tenderloins on top of the plank. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 28-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in stuffing reads 160°, brushing occasionally with reserved fennel mixture. Remove from the plank and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.

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