Pork Tenderloin in Sourdough Rye Bread Crust

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A successful experiment: Pork tenderloin baked in a rye and wheat sourdough bread crust with garlic and rosemary. It tastes great when served fresh and warm, but it is also a very nice addition to a platter of cold cuts, just let cool and cut into thin slices!

About two weeks ago I tried the same idea with a rack of lamb, it tasted great but didn't look so good because it was impossible to find the right places to cut.


For the Bread Dough

  • 2 oz / 60g sourdough starter
  • 5oz / 150g rye flour
  • 7oz / 200g bread flour (wheat)
  • 1 tsp / ca. 7 g salt
  • ¼ cup / 60ml olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ cup 1 tbsp / 140ml water

Tenderloin and Sauce

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ca. ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml port
  • 2/3 cup / 160ml water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Bread Dough

  1. With mortar and pestle, grind together garlic and rosemary.
  2. Combine all dough ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Knead until you have a smooth and elastic dough.
  4. Form a ball, coat with a thin layer of olive oil, place in a bowl and cover.
  5. At room temperature, let ferment until the volume has approximately doubled. Depending on the starter, this can take a long time (8-12 hours).

Tenderloin and Sauce

  1. Roll out dough so that the sheet is large enough to wrap the tenderloin. Cover with a damp cloth or food wrap and let rise for another 15-20 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C
  3. Season the pork tenderloin with freshly ground pepper.
  4. Set pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Brown the tenderloin from all sides, remove from pan. Keep pan for later.
  5. Season tenderloin with salt, coat with breadcrumbs.
  6. Wrap tenderloin in the bread dough sheet. Pinch well to seal.
  7. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet, seam down. Slash the top with diagonal cuts.
  8. Place in pre-heated oven and bake until the core temperature has reached ca. 130 °F / 55°C. This should take about 35 minutes.
  9. Brush the top with olive oil. Continue baking until the core temperature has reached 145°F / 63°C. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
  10. While the tenderloin in the bread crust is baking, add onions and 1 tbsp olive oil to the pan. Cook the chopped onion over medium heat until golden brown.
  11. Add tomato paste, cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
  12. Add port and water, reduce for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Strain.
  13. Carefully slice the tenderloin, keeping the bread crust intact. Serve with the sauce and some vegetables like peas, green beans or bell peppers.


  • If you have leftover dough, you can make one or two small rolls or crescents.
  • In the photo I served the tenderloin with sauteed peas and sauteed bell peppers.
  • Also tastes great cold: Let cool down, then cut into ca. ¼ in / 5mm slices.

Yields 4-6 servinges

If you are into yeast, sourdough and bread, you may also find the Wild Yeast pages interesting.


Wow, I have never seen

Wow, I have never seen anything like this. I love pork tenderloin and I am definitely going to be making this soon!


This pic looks similar to a recipe I used last month. Now time to try yours, can't wait!
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