Pork Tenderloin Sliders are fun small sandwiches stuffed with tender pork loin, buttery caramelized onions, and crisp fresh pear. Slather on some horseradish sauce and you have the perfect appetizer!
Pork Sliders Recipe
Are you a sandwich lover? I am but am very specific with the types of sandwiches that I eat.
The qualifications for the best ones are:
- crusty bread (who likes a soggy sandwich?)
- perfect size (no 5 foot long ones please, must be small)
- great ingredients (no crappy ingredients)
- delicious extras (crispy/juicy garnishes and yummy condiments)
That’s why I love this pork sliders recipe!
You can use leftover pork tenderloin or pork loin or make it from scratch like I did here.
Juicy pork made in less than 20 minutes and then topped with caramelized onions and fresh sliced pears.
I love to spread a creamy horseradish sauce on my slider. The spicy contrast to the sweet pears and buttery caramelized onions is crazy good.
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- pork tenderloin
- slider buns
- caramelized onions
- fresh pears
- lettuce and other garnishes
I prefer to use these frozen rolls so I can whip up these using leftovers on a busy weeknight. Just pop in the oven when ready to assemble.
Plus they have a crispy crust that is a must!
How to Make Pork Tenderloin Sliders
First: Preheat oven to 400F. Toast slider buns to a golden brown if desired. Season pork loin with salt and pepper and desired spices & herbs.
Second: In an oven safe skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Sear pork tenderloins on all sides and place in the oven to finish baking.
Third: Bake pork loins for 5-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145F. Remove from the oven and the pan and let rest 5 minutes.
Fourth: Thinly slice the pork tenderloin on a cutting board. Assemble by layering on slider buns with fresh pear slices, caramelized onions, and garnish as desired.
I was inspired to make this recipe from a fellow blogger that is participating in this Freaky Friday event. What is Freaky Friday you ask?
A group of us food bloggers are secretly assigned another blogger’s site and we make a recipe from it.
On Friday all is revealed and we get so celebrate what we each made.
This round I got Heather from Sugar Dish Me! This is my first time making something from her blog and I was so excited.
There are so many amazing recipes to choose from.
Of course, I opted for an appetizer and these sliders really stood out to me.
We are making something for the Fall Season and the apples and caramelized onions screamed Fall to me.
Don’t be swayed and think that it’s all desserts, most of Heather’s recipes are fresh and healthy with a dose of delicious treats. The perfect balance.
There are so many more but start with these!!
Take a look at all of our 2020 Freaky Friday Fall Edition Recipes:
- An Affair from the Heart – Instant Pot Chicken & Rice Soup
- An Affair from the Heart – Honey Corn Bread
- Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars
- Devour Dinner – Instant Pot French Onion Meatballs
- House of Nash Eats – Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
- Lemoine Family Kitchen – Turkey Cranberry Sliders
- Life Currents – Cheesy Shrimp Dip
- Life, Love & Good Food – Lemon Garlic Smashed Potatoes
- Or Whatever You Do – Traeger Grilled Parmesan Halibut
- Sugar Dish Me – Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- The Foodie Affair – Easy Greek Style Cauliflower Rice Salad
- The Speckled Palate – Upside Down Cranberry Cake
- West Via Midwest – Hawaiian Pulled Pork (Kalua Pork Recipe)
Is pork loin and pork tenderloin the same thing?
No, they are not. Pork Loin is a larger, wider piece of meat from the back of the pig. It is more like a roast and can be with/without a bone.
It is best for slow cooking.
Pork tenderloin is long and thin and from right next to the backbone. Because of it’s placement it doesn’t get used very much so it’s very tender.
It is best for searing over high heat like grilled or roasted.
Does it get more tender the longer you cook it?
No! It is a very tender cut of meat already and the longer you cook it the tougher it will get.
We prefer the tenderloin for quick recipes on busy nights and because it’s so tender it reheats well for leftovers.
Start thinking of all the leftover pork tenderloin ideas!!
What to serve with pork tenderloin sliders?
This delicious sandwich recipe pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, potato chips, slaw, a side salad, baked beans, or any other favorite side dish!
Tapas Tips & Tricks
- season the pork with minimal seasoning to allow the pears and caramelized onions to shine!
- great for using leftover pork, just reheat and serve!
- substitute rosemary for thyme as it pairs perfectly with the pears!
- the pork is great served warm or cold.
- pat the pork tenderloin with paper towels to dry it before you sear it.
- you can serve this on a dinner roll but I love a crusty texture.
- more spice? try garlic powder or a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
- 2 pork tenderloins (~2 lbs)
- 1/2 cup caramelized onions
- 2 pears (sliced)
- 8 lettuce leaves
- 1/4 cup horseradish sauce
- 8 slider buns
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt, pepper, rosemary for seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400F. Toast slider buns if desired.
- Season the pork tenderloins. Heat olive oil in an oven safe skillet over medium high heat. Sear the pork tenderloins for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Place skillet in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145F.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Slice and assemble the sliders by adding lettuce, horseradish sauce (optional), pear slices, caramelized onions.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 slider
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g
This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.
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