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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Texas Caviar

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Courtesy of National Pork Board
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 Min.
Cook Time: 20 Min.
Marinate: 2 Hrs.
What you need:
* 2 pork tenderloins (16 oz.)
* round wooden toothpicks
* 12 slices bacon, thick sliced
* salt, to taste
* pepper, to taste

Texas Caviar:
* 3 (15 oz. ea.) cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed (about 4 c.)
* 1/2 c. green onion, thinly sliced
* 3 Tbsp. olive oil
* 2 Tbsp. chili powder
* 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
What to do:
1. For Texas Caviar, combine black-eyed peas and green onion in large bowl. Stir together olive oil, chili powder and vinegar. Add oil mixture to black-eyed pea mixture; stir until evenly coated. Cover; marinate at room temperature for 2-4 hrs., stirring occasionally.
2. At least 15 min. before grilling, soak toothpicks in enough water to cover. Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill.
3. Bring 1-1/2-in. of water to boil in large skillet. Meanwhile, cut each tenderloin into 6 pieces, making 1 1/2-1 3/4-in.-thick medallions. Lightly season with salt and pepper; set aside.
4. Add bacon to boiling water; return to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 1 min. Drain, cool slightly. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each medallion, securing with soaked toothpicks.
5. Grill bacon-wrapped medallions, cut sides down and uncovered, over direct heat for 12-15 min. or until internal temperature of pork reaches 145F, turning medallions over halfway during grilling. Transfer medallions to serving platter and allow to rest 3 min. Remove toothpicks; serve medallions with Texas Caviar.

* Be sure to use plain black-eyed peas. Some canned varieties are seasoned.

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Nutritional information:
Calories: 480;   Total Fat: 21g;   Saturated Fat: 7g;   Cholesterol: 105mg;   Total Carbs: 25g;   Fiber: 7g;   Protein: 43g;   Sodium: 940mg;  
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