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Peanut Crusted Pork Loin over Peanut Butter Polenta

Pork loin is such a versatile meat and can be transformed in so many ways. The crushed peanuts and bread crumbs in this recipe provide a nice crispy exterior. Typically, polenta is finished off with butter but I’ve used smooth peanut butter here to add additional flavor and to match the flavor of the pork.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-30 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


For the pork loin

1 cup Peanut Butter & Co. Golden Roasted Peanuts, crushed
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 large eggs
1/4 cup The Heat Is On Peanut Butter
2 one-pound pork tenderloins

For the polenta

6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups corn grits
1/4 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter


For the pork loin

1. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Line a sheet pan with tinfoil.

2. In a pie dish or other shallow pan, whisk together the peanuts, bread crumbs, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

3. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together the eggs and peanut butter.

4. Dip each tenderloin in the egg mixture followed by the bread crumb mixture, coating generously. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake them until they reach an internal temperature of 155 degrees. Remove them from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes. Cut into thin slices.

For the polenta

In a large pan, bring the water and salt to a boil. Gradually stir in the corn grits. Reduce the heat to bring the mixture to a simmer and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter. Divide between serving dishes and serve with sliced pork loin.


Matt coats pork tenderloin in his peanut butter and crushed peanut bread crumb mixture. What else would you consider battering and coating in this mixture for baking in the oven.

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