Robyn’s Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin

by Robyn Wright on October 10, 2012

in Food

I shared with you all several recipes from Hellmann’s during their Chicken Change Up campaign that I worked on earlier this year. (That was compensated, this is not). There was the BBQ Cheddar Crusted Chicken, Easy Chicken Cordon Blue, and the Baked Buffalo Chicken. Last week I came across the Hellmann’s Mayonnaise YouTube video of Chef Tim Love’s Pork Tenderloin Recipe. Instead of putting the mayo on chicken to keep it juicy and moist, he used pork tenderloin this time. His recipe used the mayo, some spices, and shredded cheese mixed together and spread on the pork tenderloin. Then he crushed up Funyuns and pressed that onto the coated tenderloin and baked it. I liked the overall concept, but changed it up a bit. Here is my version.Robyn's Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Robyn’s Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 pork tenderloin (if you have a larger tenderloin just double the rest of the ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise (we have done this coating thing with both regular and light and do not notice a big difference, so now I always just use light)
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper (you can add salt if you like, but it doesn’t need it)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese – fine
  • 1/3 cup French’s Cheddar French Fried Onions – crushed

Preheat oven to 375°. Mix together mayo, seasonings, and freshly grated cheese. Place tenderloin in an oven safe dish and coat the top and sides with the mayo mixture. Then sprinkle the crushed onions over the top and sides and gently press to adhere. There is no need to coat the bottom that touches the baking dish as it would just end up all mushy. Bake for 30 minutes or until 145° on a meat thermometer. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

Robyn's Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin Recipe Robyn's Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin Recipe Robyn's Cheddar French Fried Onion Pork Tenderloin Recipe

I really liked this dish – the coating had just enough cheddar flavor and the ground cumin and a nice smokiness. I had put a little salt on mine, but I removed it from the recipe above as I think it did not need it with the rest of the ingredients. The very top will still be a bit crunchy, but the sides will be moister. You could easily do this same recipe with chicken if you wanted also.

Will you give this recipe a try?

Disclosure: None, just sharing a recipe.

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Thomas Murphy

    this looks so good! I will def give it a try, thanks for the recipe.

  • Gianna

    This sounds so delicious!

  • Wanda McHenry

    I’ve never thought about coating a pork tenderloin, I’ll have to try this!

  • tannawings

    I saw you post this on facebook and drooled a little- it really does look good. I have never ever tried the mayo trick before- we tend to use Miracle Whip on everything but I do have some mayo so I might give this a try. I am thinking tho maybe trading in for mozerrella and the regular onion french fried onions-. I wanna come to your house and eat :)

    • Robyn’s Online World

      You can really do any kind of seasonings and toppings you want. I do not know if you could substitute Miracle Whip for mayo though.

  • mefink

    Different but sounds good,

  • Sheila

    Now this caught my attention and sounds really good. We’ve been needing something different to do with pork and this is it.

  • Tiffany Winner

    this looks very tasty and not too hard, might give it a try!

  • Linda M. Ramos

    That looks sooo good.

  • Thomas Murphy

    This looks so good! I cant wait to try it, thanks for the recipe.

  • Shannon Whitfield

    Yep, my husband and kids eat chicken, so I’d probably try it with that.. it looks tasty! I’m glad to see the cumin in there.. we love it!

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Cumin is one of my favorite spices to use – I love the smokiness of it

  • Angie Marion

    this looks good! I think I’ll pin it!

  • Starla Mint

    This looks so, so yummy! And it sounds easy to make, which, for me is a huge bonus (I’m a mess in the kitchen.

  • ktgonyea

    I am SO making this this weekend…it looks and sounds so yummy :)

  • GlArthy

    It looks tasty. Would love to make that I try to stay clear of fry stuff – don’t want to entice any cholesteral lurkers. Robyn is this a one-time try for you or do you repeat this recipe at later times?

  • Jennifer Peaslee

    Oh wow that looks so yummy. I never thought of using French’s Fried Onions as a coating! I bet that added a lot of cool flavor and crunch!! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

  • MichelleS

    I make pork tenderloin at least once a week in our house-my favorite. I am always looking for new ways to reinvent flavor and this sounds like just what I need.

  • Stacey Nicole

    I showed this to my fiancé and it has him drooling!!! I wish I could cook like that haha. I can’t cook anything that doesn’t go in the microwave unfortunately haha
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  • Minta

    You are making me so hungry and this looks quite good.

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