Proscuitto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin~

My Christmas Eve memories involve sipping on hot oyster stew around our dining room table with my parents and three sisters.  Afterward, we’d munch on holiday goodies from friends and neighbors, including the crispy rosettes my mom made every year… lightly dusted with powdered sugar. Later, we’d walk down the starlit street, bundled up and full of chatter to attend midnight Mass. We’d sit up in the balcony and sing with the childrens’ choir…I guess good pitch wasn’t required…just sweet, innocent voices.
Well, fast forward many years…and my own family wouldn’t touch an oyster with a 10-foot pole.  Instead, we started our own tradition of dining on pork for our  Christmas Eve dinner.  I just rubbed these tenderloins with a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic and rosemary followed by a light sprinkle of salt and pepper.  Wrapped in prosciutto (keeping with our pork fest), seared and then roasted to perfection, we enjoyed this quick dinner.
Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Tenderloin…a skinny chick original
2 pork tenderloins (each about 1 1/4 pounds)
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1 large clove garlic
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces prosciutto (you may need more if your tenderloins are large)
Mince rosemary and garlic…about 1 tablespoon total.  Mix in a small bowl with a couple teaspoons of olive oil to make a nice paste.  Rub over pork tenderloins.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Wrap with prosciutto, pressing to allow prosciutto to adhere to itself when ends meet.
Preheat oven to 375º. Heat a small amount of olive oil in skillet.  Sear briefly on all sides.  Remove to roasting pan, inserting a meat thermometer into center of one tenderloin.  Roast till internal temperature reaches your desired doneness (we roasted to 145º).  Allow to rest a few minutes before cutting.


  1. looks so pretty…. and delicious!! 🙂

  2. I’m loving this tradition. Loving it.

  3. Oh yummy!! This looks amazing lizzy! It’s 8:30am, I’m eating cereal & drooling over your pork wrapped in pork 🙂 LOVE it!

  4. Oh, this is a MUST MAKE for my meat eating friends!

  5. Terrific original recipe. Prosciutto is JUST the right touch 🙂

  6. Fashion, Art and other fancies says:

    Would love to see a Oyster stew recipe here;-)

  7. looks fabulous!

  8. Sandra Batista says:

    Ficou com um aspeto bems uculento esta carne!!

  9. What a nice idea! This looks really great! I am sure my family would really enjoy this on a special occasion

  10. This is simply inviting Lizzy though I have not heard of prosciutto before. Very creative and yes skinny chick original.

  11. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says:

    Yummy – your roast looks so succulent, Liz. I’m missing my rosemary bush as it died last year and used to put it on everything. You’ve inspired me to adopt a new one this year to make this. Wow – oyster stew? Fabulously decadent.

  12. This looks delish! You can’t go wrong with prosciutto!

  13. I would love oysters for Christmas dinner but this pork tenderloin would be a close second. Looks delicious!

  14. We had a nice pork roast for a Christmas dinner, too! This looks marvelous! A pork fest indeed — yet so simple. Love it. (And I happen to love oysters, too.)

  15. Curry and Comfort says:

    I had to laugh about your family not touching oysters with a 10 foot pole. My kids and hubby can be the same way with some Sri Lankan curries like eggplant curry. 🙁 Ahh…what we give up for our brood. Well this recipe isn’t too shabby to fall back on… it looks fantastic. I love the idea of wrapping the loin with prosciutto! Well done my friend. 🙂

  16. The Mom Chef says:

    I make rosettes with Dudette every once in a while. I need to pull the set out again now that you reminded me of it.

    The tenderloin is perfectly cooked. Wow, what a gorgeous meal.

    So, does this make me pageview 999,959?

  17. a dear you made a savoy dish (lol) and wonderful:))
    look delicious, I made sweet today (for the soul) xxxxx:)

  18. This looks delicious! Old traditions are great, but it’s also wonderful to start new ones.

  19. Gorgeous Pork Tenderloins, especially with the proscuitto and rosemary:) Our rosemary plant is still growing:)

    My Dad used to make oyster stew, too, even though my Mom wouldn’t touch fish of anykind with 10 ft pole. And heloved to fish.

  20. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    mmm, mmm, looks fabulous and I’m sure it smells amazing as it bakes. I’ve done bacon wrapped pork tenderloin but not prosciutto, will definitely need to try this – thanks! bookmarked!

  21. BigBearswife says:

    Wonderful Recipe!

  22. That sounds like just my kind of Christmas Eve tradition! And pork loin always looks so elegant sliced and plated on a platter too. Almost makes you feel a little guilty about how easy they are to cook! Almost…

  23. Christmas Eve is my Father-in-law’s birthday and he has had oyster stew to commemorate it since he was a wee one. True, the young ones don’t eat they oysters… but it’s a lovely tradition. The young ones would indeed finish this off – love the idea of the prosciutto – yes, really love it. So will do it.

  24. Looks outstanding Liz!! I could have this often and never complain!! 🙂

  25. Pegasuslegend says:

    I just love the golden brown color here, that tenderloin looks so moist and delicious it had to be outstanding!

  26. You have me salivating once more! I love how perfectly rosy the tenderloin is, and rosemary and prosciutto are such a lovely combination. Great recipe!

  27. This looks like such an excellent idea! And I adore rosemary. This is an inspiration for the pork tenderloin that I have in my possession. It wants to wear proscuitto. 🙂

  28. I love this..Thanks for the recipe..This looks mouthwatering


  29. Cajunlicious says:

    Lizzy this looks fabulous, so festive!

  30. Cassie/Bake Your Day says:

    This sounds like a perfect Christmas Eve dinner, Liz. I love the pairing of rosemary with pork, my husband would love this too!

  31. We absolutely love pork tenderloin at our house, and what a great idea to wrap it in more pork!!

  32. YUMMY!!! Looks so good.

  33. This looks fantastic. I will make it this week and I know we will love it. I would like to share your recipe on my blog. Please let me know if that is ok. Great blog, great recipes.

  34. That looks like the most amazing sausage ever. Ugh, now I want that for lunch instead.

  35. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    best idea ever for a pork tenderloin! Love it

  36. lisa is cooking says:

    Thinking back, my family used to attend midnight Mass as well. These days, I don’t think I could stay awake for such a late starting time! Your old and new traditions both sound great.

  37. My husband would just kill for this pork tenderloin since I don’t make anything like this–it’s absolutely beautiful!

  38. Pork-crusted pork tenderloin…I like!

  39. Wonderful recipe as usual, Lizzy! The pork lover in me is in absolute Heaven!

  40. This looks so tasty!

  41. Tina (PinayInTexas) says:

    Fabulously delicious, Lizzy!

  42. looks tender

  43. Aw, sorry about the lack of oyster love : ( But this is a pretty good consolation prize right? Yum!

  44. If my husband saw this pork tenderloin I’m sure he’d want to start this Christmas Eve meal tradition and barring that, show up at your place 😉

  45. Three-Cookies says:

    Pork wrapped in pork, a delicious pork fest.

  46. Magic of Spice says:

    It’s a good thing my boys are not here right now…they would be hunting you down with adoption papers in hand 🙂 Gorgeous recipe Lizzy!

  47. Pacheco Patty says:

    Fabulous creation! This pork tenderloin would make a wonderful addition to the holiday table but I think it would also be great for a dinner party;-)

  48. Lori Lynn says:

    Hi Liz – I think your posts are fabulous, but it’s the savory ones that call to me most. This is perfect in its simplicity.

  49. anthony stemke says:

    That’s some beautiful pork tenderloin with the prosciutto; what an aroma it must produce.
    I used to eat oysters all the time when I lived in New Orleans but havn’t had any in over a decade.
    Oyster stew, oh boy that sounds good, remember that Patti Page song Old Cape Cod?
    Thanks for this post.

  50. This looks delicious…. I could not think of a better thing to wrap pork tenderloin in than proscuitto.I’ll have a side of pig with my pig thanks. Your speaking my language. YUM!

  51. Liz – this is a TERRIFIC idea! I’m a HUGE fan of pork loin – but it never occurred to met o wrap it in prosciutto! Really, really delish!

  52. Elisabeth says:

    Such a superb, and beautiful pork loin, Lizzy!
    A genius idea with the prosciutto wrap…so moist, and tender, and oh, so inviting!

  53. Looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try this recipe myself.

  54. Haha about the oysters! I’m not a big fan of them either for some reason. I think they are too slimey for me, lol. But, this pork looks fantastic! I love that you wrapped it in prosciutto!

  55. Look absolutely delicious! How was the salt level with the proscuitto?

  56. Okay, your blog has just succeeded in getting me up off of my chair to go and cook. I’m hungry!! LOL

  57. What a delicious looking pork tenderloin. I love any technique that helps keep it moist. Yum.

  58. Thanks, everyone!!!

    The salt level was fine…even salting the exterior didn’t make it too salty.

  59. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I bookmarked! Prosciutto wrapped, I’m in! This tenderloin looks perfect and we’ll definitely enjoy this recipe!

  60. Cheap Ethnic Eatz says:

    Pork tenderloin is my favorite pork cut for sure. It is so versatile when it comes to seasoning. Prosciutto is a fab idea. looks great!

  61. This is so amazing. Like Top Chef/Iron Chef stuff. You blew me away with this one.

  62. What an elegant dish and delicious tradition. We don’t go too many days without having pork in some form and I am looking forward to adding this recipe to our selection. Can’t wait for the holidays though this has to be soon.

  63. Terri @ that's some good cookin' says:

    I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and some proscuitto in the fridge. I see a very promising meal on the horizon. Thank you so much for this delicious sounding recipe.

  64. Anita - Recipe with Pictures says:

    I made this yesterday for dinner. Our friends loved it so much they asked for the recipe 🙂

    I posted some photos on my blog

    Thank you for the recipe.

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