Pork Poppers

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Contributed by: Chef/Owner Brian Landry

Pork Poppers

Recipe type: Yield: 4 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:


Pork Poppers are a savory spicy appetizer packed with flavor.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb   Pork Tenderloin

1/4 C        Creole Seasoning

3                Pickled Jalapeño – sliced thin

10              Bacon strip – thick-cut, smoked

4 oz           Cream Cheese

1 T             Thyme – fresh, chopped

1 T             Parsley – fresh, chopped

Salt & Pepper – to taste

6 oz            Cane Syrup

6 oz            Sherry or Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

  1. Rub the pork tenderloin with creole seasoning.
  2. Sear the tenderloin in a minimal amount of oil in a cast iron skillet just until a crust forms.
  3. Place the tenderloin in the refrigerator, then cut into ¼” by  2” strips
  4. Wrap each piece of pork tenderloin around a slice of pickled jalepeno, then wrap a piece of bacon around the pork.
  5. Skewer the poppers with a bamboo skewer.
  6. Allow the cream cheese to soften at room temperature.
  7. Once soft, mix in the herbs and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the cane syrup and vinegar to a small sauce pot.
  9. Reduce the syrup vinegar mix by half.
  10. Grill the skewers of poppers until the bacon is crispy and slightly charred.
  11. Smear some of the cream cheese in a line on a plate.
  12. Remove the poppers from the skewer and place on top of the cream cheese.
  13. Drizzle some of the cane syrup over the poppers.

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