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Roasted Pesto Pork Sandwiches With Rosemary And Garlic Potato Wedges

Pesto Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Rosemary Garlic Potato Wedges

When I thought about what would make the ultimate sandwich, I knew sliced Roasted Pesto Pork Sandwiches would be perfect. To have alongside the sandwiches, my Rosemary And Garlic Potato Wedges.

I’m a huge fan of fresh basil pesto, and now available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. The name of the brand is called Buitoni Pesto. Now, I love to make my own pesto, when I have time, but for a weeknight meal, this store-bought fresh pesto works in a pinch and it’s really delicious.

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Rosemary (2)

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Olive Oil

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 12-inch cast-iron skillet, 12-inch sauté pan, 1 large mixing bowl

1 pork tenderloin, cut in half
4 strips of bacon, cooked, cut in half
4 tablespoons of store-bought fresh basil pesto, (sold in a 1 (7-ounce) container)
6 small red-skinned potatoes (substitute Red Bliss potatoes) skin on, cut into wedges
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 loaf of Cuban bread, buttered and toasted
1/4-pound of deli-sliced Fontina cheese sliced diagonally
2 large heirloom tomatoes, thick slices
1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced into half-moons
1 cup of arugula, divided
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of butter, unsalted and room temperature

Start by cutting the tenderloin in half. Place the two halves onto a baking sheet. Spoon on 2 tablespoons of the pesto on each half. Massage the pesto all over the pork, transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Carefully place the 4 strips of bacon, that had been cut in half into the skillet. Cook for to 3 minutes on the first side then flip and brown the second side. The time may vary slightly depending on how crispy you like your bacon. Turn the heat off and transfer the bacon onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Set aside.

While that’s happening cut the potatoes into wedges, lay them out onto a baking sheet add a 1/4 cup of olive oil, freshly chopped rosemary leaves, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt, and 1 teaspoon of fresh black pepper. Using your hands toss the potatoes so everything is really well coated. Spread the potatoes into one even layer. Bake for 45 minutes. Halfway through, turn the potatoes to ensure they’ll be golden brown on both sides. Immediately sprinkle the hot potatoes wedges with Kosher salt to taste.

Three-quarters of the way through of potato wedges cooking, transfer the pork from the refrigerator to the counter and bring to room temperature.

Once the potatoes come out of the oven transfer the pork into the oven. The pork will take no longer than 11 minutes to cook. Look for an internal temperature of 145-degrees F. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

Cut the Cuban bread in half and then again in half lengthwise. Slathered both sides with butter, place them onto a baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until a light golden brown. Once the bread comes out of the oven spread one side of each half with the remaining pesto. Next, add the arugula, the sliced pork, then the bacon, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and finally the Fontina cheese. Place the top on and slice in half on the bias.

The ultimate Roasted Pesto Pork Sandwiches served with my Rosemary And Garlic Potato Wedges.

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Elizabeth’s Keepsakes


A dear friend of mine, Elizabeth Innis, has a one of a kind shop called Elizabeth’s Keepsakes in Rushville, Indiana. Not only is it a store with all kinds of collectibles it’s a deli as well.

Elizabeth takes such pride in her products, whether it’s the food she prepares fresh daily or the very unique items she sells in her shop. She has been able to maintain such great customer relations, since she opened her doors in 2000, and has proven itself to thrive with her return clientele.

Elizabeth’s Keepsakes” has a Facebook Page where you can get information about her store. I’m going to tease you with a few pictures.

Elizabeth has done an amazing job and should be very proud of her accomplishments as a small business owner in her community. Whenever visiting Rushville, Indiana this is a “must stop”, have a quick bite to eat and pick up a keepsake.



The state pie, or, sugar cream pie, which most recently known as the Hoosier Pie, is so delicious and is one of her specialties.








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La Boulangerie-Cafe de San Francisco



As you know I’m always posting any new sites that my daughter visits, in the San Francisco area. Featuring classic viennoiserie, scratch-made pastries, and artisanal loaves of bread.





Melissa’s at the Westfield Mall and stumbled across this café. She sent me some pics of this café and says it is fantastic. From just looking at these pictures, I’m jealous. For more information about the La Boulangerie Café, you can visit their website at

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