Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce

There are certain dishes that are special enough for a holiday but easy enough for a weekday meal. If I said I was serving pork tenderloin topped with a gorgonzola sauce served alongside polenta rounds pan fried in brown butter and sage, you might think that I was serving this for a dinner party. Actually it would be perfect for such an occasion but I made this meal for my husband and I to enjoy at our kitchen table in the middle of the week.

Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce

Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce

Polenta Fried In Brown Butter And Sage

To make the polenta rounds you have two options. You can make polenta from scratch and you can find my recipe here. Pour the hot polenta into an oiled baking dish, smooth out to about 3/4 inch. Refrigerate until cold and firm (about 2 hours). Cut into circles with biscuit cutter. The second option is to buy an already cooked polenta that comes in a tube. Remove from the tube and make slices about 3/4 in. thick. When using either option, blot any moisture so that slices are dry. Heat 2 Tbsp. each of butter and oil in a sauté pan. When the butter is melted and starts to sizzle, add whole sage leaves (one for each polenta slice) and fry until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towel. Add the polenta slices to the butter and cook on each side until brown. Drain on paper towel and keep warm. Reserve the butter to brown the pork tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce and Chopped Walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • 1 pork tenderloin, trimmed of any silver skin
  • seasoning (I used salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder) to taste for the pork
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • 1 c. half and half
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 Tbsp. flour (I used Wondra* a superfine flour for sauces)
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 c. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 c. chopped and toasted walnuts

Season pork well.  Sauté in the pan with the reserved brown butter until brown on all sides. Remove the pork and place in an oven proof dish and roast in the oven (about 15 minutes depending on size) until the pork registers 145 degrees. Remove and let rest for 10 minutes and then slice.

In the meantime prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour and pepper, whisk until blended. Add the white wine and whisk until combined then slowly whisk in the half and half, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer until thickened. Add the Gorgonzola cheese and whisk until melted. Taste for additional seasoning (I didn’t add salt until after the cheese was added as it can sometimes be salty) and adjust to taste.

To plate, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with slices of pork then spoon a little more sauce over the pork. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Add polenta rounds to the plate and place a sage leaf on top of each round.

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This was a delicious meal that was easy to prepare and was on the kitchen table in a short period of time. But I kept thinking while I was enjoy this dish, that the same meal would be perfect when entertaining friends.

By placing this meal on pretty plates and taking it into the dining room, this dish would make guests happy during the holiday season. Let me take you into my historic dining room that is simply decorated for Christmas and show you what I mean.  The same meal served in a different atmosphere would make it seem special.

Our Dining Room Decorated For Christmas

Our Dining Room Decorated For Christmas

Dining Table Set With Christmas Rose China And Crystal

Dining Table Set With Christmas Rose China And Crystal

Christmas Stockings From Antique Fabrics

Christmas Stockings From Antique Fabrics

Mural Over The Mantle Depicting Home As It Looked In 1730's

Mural Over The Mantle Depicting Home As It Looked In 1730’s

Christmas Carolers On Hepplewhite Sideboard

Christmas Carolers On Hepplewhite Sideboard

You may have all your holiday dishes planned but keep these recipes in mind when you are entertaining guests for any occasion. I think that your guests will enjoy having this meal and will think that you put hours into its preparation….it will be our little secret that is was so easy.

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187 Responses to Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Gorgonzola Sauce

  1. The house and the pork look wonderful!

  2. Lovely recipe, Karen, and your home is beautiful.

  3. My mom and I have just changed our Christmas dinner AGAIN to include pork loin – must be a case of great minds Karen. Your meal looks magnificent apart from the Gorgonzola cheese – I have been able to take the blue cheeses. Your dining room is absolutely perfect. I can feel the history of your beautiful home from eons ago and can just imagine how exquisite the rest of your home must be. How very special to live in the home that you do.
    Have a beautiful week ahead. :-) Mandy xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mandy, I know what you mean about the Christmas menu. I think you either love or hate blue cheese…I’m in the love group. My husband and I think we are lucky to have a home with so much history. The house had only been owned by five different families over the years.

      • That is absolutely incredible that only 5 families have owned your home – it would be fantastic to find out about all of them – like a “house” family tree. :-)

      • Karen says:

        That would be fun. I know a little bit about the last owners…they were very eccentric, to say the least. I met an elderly man that said that when he was a young boy he did a little work for the owner who lived in Massachusetts and this was his summer home.

  4. Lea Ann says:

    That mural depicting your home in the 1730’s is just incredible. I think my New Year’s Resolution will be to cook more pork tenderloin. It really is easy and with so many recipes. This gorgonzola sauce is a must try.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, Lea Ann. The mural over the mantel is accurate even down to the mountain peaks in the background. I think you will enjoy the gorgonzola sauce…it is light but flavorful.

  5. sybaritica says:

    Lovely meal, and I love your dining room!

  6. A beautiful dish – pork and blue cheese go so wel together. I know what you mean about suppers for two/meals for entertaining. Sometimes I cook something simple for the two of us but it turns out to be a perfect dish for entertaining friends so I file it away in my memory to use again! The house is absolutely stunning, and the decorations so understated and tasteful. Perfect! Beautiful mural too, was that done specially for you?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, I have to agree with you…simple dishes with good flavor are prefect for easy entertaining. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing our dining room. The murals cover all for walls and depicts our town in the 1700’s. It was done by a artist from Maine who worked with the restoration specialist how worked on our home. Working so hard on your projects, you would appreciate the work that was involved in restoring this home…most people thought we were crazy to buy it.

  7. Norma Chang says:

    That pork tenderloin is very festive and serving it with the sage polenta is so unique. Great idea.
    Thanks for sharing you Christmas home with us. Did you paint those 2 murals?
    It is, I think, more challenging to put together a simply decorated room and to make it look elegant like yours.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Norma, I’m glad you like the meal…the polenta went perfect with the pork. Thank you for your nice compliment about our dining room. An artist from Maine who specializes in primitive paintings did all the murals. They are a panorama that cover all four walls of the room. There was a famous American painter named Rufus Porter that painted many homes in this area in the 1800’s and that is the same style the artist did in this room.

  8. I love pork tenderloin, and your sauce and side make it a perfect entertaining meal. I’m planning to use pork tenderloin to make pork Wellington for a Christmas dinner. You’ve got me thinking I may not need to go that far!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosemary, Thank you for stopping by to visit and your nice compliment. Pork Wellington sounds good as well…it does make a beautiful presentation.

  9. I just love it when you include photos of your house – it’s so wonderful!
    Love the recipe, too :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marie, I’m glad you enjoy the photos of our home. It is unique in that it is so old and different from what most of us have lived in. I know that a lot of people expressed an interest in seeing more of it last year. I glad you like the recipe. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  10. You have a beautiful home and you prepare such wonderful dishes…how lucky people are to be invited. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New year.

  11. Karen Harris says:

    I have a pork tenderloin in my freezer right now. This looks like the perfect way to cook it especially if it gives me an excuse to serve some polenta. You have a beautiful home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Karen, I’m glad that you like the recipe. The polenta goes so nicely with his dish…I kept finding myself dipping pieces in the sauce. Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing photos of the dining room.

  12. dhphotosite says:

    Yumm Yumm Yumm roast pork is one of my favorites. This looks and sounds so good! Your home is lovely…warm, cozy, and inviting…as a home should be.

  13. Wonderful post! It’s nice to see you in your environment. The paintings are as gorgeous as the pork.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing our home. I have shared so many lovely places where I travel to and thought everyone might like to see where I spend my time most of the year. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  14. Tessa says:

    Lovely tenderloin recipe and gorgeous Christmas decorations! Your dining table is just stunning!

  15. Love the polenta most of all…sage! Wonderful touch Karen.

  16. Kristy says:

    The thing I love about pork tenderloin is that it always sounds and looks so gourmet, yet it’s one of those things that’s really not too hard at all. The Gorgonzola sauce sounds phenomenal with it! I love the pictures of your decor Karen. That mural is amazing. It has to feel so special to live in a home with that much history. That’s incredible!

    • Karen says:

      I totally agree with you Kristy. Pork tenderloin is such a tender piece of meat that cooks quickly and best of all…is doesn’t cost too much. I love the mural of what our home would have looked like originally. The artist worked with the man that restored our home on how everything would have looked. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos. We do know how special it is to live in a home with so much history.

  17. lulu says:

    A simple meal made special with your extra touch. The warmth of your home is reflective of you. I love it.

  18. Gorgonzola sauce is like wearing black — it goes with everything (well meat anyway). ;) This sounds so delicious and you are right, great for entertaining. Your dining room is beautiful and welcoming, I just love the murals. Heartwarming.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Judy, I like your analogy about the sauce and wearing black. It really does go well with many dishes.Thank you for your compliment…I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of the dining room. The murals do make the room special.

  19. That sounds like such a flavorful sauce. Hmmm, I don’t have a roast but I do have a couple of nice fat chops. I’m betting that would be wonderful on top.
    Your dining room is just beautiful – I love the built in’s & of course the murals are so lovely.

    • Karen says:

      I agree with you Diane, I think the sauce would go terrific with pork chops. I’m glad you like the dining room. You can’t believe the storage I have in the the china cabinets. There are rollout drawers behind the doors in the bottom section. They hold all my table lines as well as large serving pieces, cake stands, etc. I have never had a home with so much storage. Thank you for your nice compliment.

      • Very hard to come by in an antique home. Usually the cabinets are not very deep, but I just love the crown molding & detail. Gorgeous.

      • Karen says:

        The reason the cabinets are deep is because they were built around the fireplace that backs up to the large fireplace in the kitchen. The moldings in the dining room are wonderful. I think you will enjoy all the detail in the parlor which I will be including in my next post.

  20. Such a nice, simple, uncomplicated dish that’s loaded with flavor. Pork has a lovely taste, and you can’t go wrong with the combo of gorgonzola and walnuts. I must admit I rarely cook polenta, and I’m not sure why — it’s delish. I just need to get in the habit of doing it more. I agree this dinner would definitely work for company. Nice pictures, nice recipe, nice post. ;-) Thanks.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you John, for your nice compliment. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post. I think we get in the habit of making certain dishes that are our favorites and forget about some delicious dishes that would change up a meal. Polenta works so well with many different dishes.

  21. A_Boleyn says:

    Enjoying that rich and succulent pork tenderloin in such a gorgeous setting. You can’t help but be in the Christmas spirit.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, I’m glad you like the recipe for the pork tenderloin…it was very good. It is hard not to be in the Christmas spirit in our home. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  22. Love the gorgonzola sauce and that little touch of sage. Your home is so beautiful Karen. What a joy!

    • Karen says:

      I’m glad you like the Gorgonzola sauce, Betsy. It was very good and went well with the meal. Thank you for your nice compliment about our home…we do think it is special.

  23. Lovely table set up. The pork tenderloin looks delish with blue cheese sauce.

  24. Karen, your home is just lovely! And this roasted pork has me very hungry now…!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ashley, for your lovely compliment. The roasted pork was delicious. I know what you mean about hungry…it happens every time I visit your blog.

  25. Mad Dog says:

    Fantastic! I did have something similar in Barcelona, back in April, with Roquefort, but not with walnuts and polenta. I’m sure yours tastes amazing. Lovely decorations too :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mad Dog, I think any blue cheese would be good in the sauce for the pork. The whole meal really did work well together. I’m sure your meal in Barcelona was wonderful. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  26. ambrosiana says:

    Your house looks wonderful!Full of the Xmas spirit! I love the gorgonzola sauce with the pork and pan fried polenta with sage!

  27. Looks lovely…where’s my invitation?

  28. Gary Lum says:

    Your decorations are beautiful Karen. :-)

  29. How festive your room looks! We love pork, but unfortunately I’d never get the gorgonzola sauce past all the men in the family! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I’m glad you like the way I decorated the dining room…it does have a festive feel. I understand that some people just don’t care for any of the blue cheeses that are made. I love cheese and the blues are some of my favorites.

  30. Your house looks like it was dusted by elves I love it :)
    And a lovely festive dish today!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  31. megtraveling says:

    The fireplace, stockings and the table settings are charming, and the meal looks delicious!

  32. My husband hates polenta but this looks so fabulous I think I could probably sneak it past him. Gorgeous pork dish too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hester, I think that your husband might like the polenta prepared this way. Its crispy outside with the lovely taste of brown butter may make him change his mind about polenta. I’m glad you like the dish…thank you!

  33. trangquynh says:

    I really love the pink color of your pork tenderloin and the sauce looks great too, really smooth and creamy ^^ btw what a gorgeous dining room, I’ve already felt the Christmas spirit xD

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Trang, for your nice compliment. I always use a meat thermometer to get the proper temperature of pork to 145 degrees. That insures that the pork is done but it is still pink which means that it is moist and not dried out. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our dining room. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  34. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely post Karen,
    So nice when you reveal a little bit about yourself to the world. Lovely looking home, I have to say. The polenta rounds appeal (particularly after my fiasco with it).
    Best,
    Conor

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Conor, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. It is fun to let readers learn a little bit about what life is like in your own home. The polenta panfried with brown butter was delicious. Yes, I was thinking about your experience when I wrote this post. I thank you as always for your comment.

  35. glamorous glutton says:

    Great dish, definitely dinner party worthy. GG

  36. I love that fireplace and those murals…that painting of your house in the 1730s is priceless

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Donna, for your nice comment. The fireplace is an original working Rumford fireplace. It still has its swing arm to hold pots over the fire. I’m glad that you enjoyed the murals…we think they make the room very special.

  37. Eha says:

    ‘Tis wonderful to get one’s Yule menus from blogging friends :) ! Yesterday I found a wonderful spatchcock recipe, today am blessed with your fantastic pork one. Living basically alone, don’t use the oven much, but the blue cheese & nut combo is irresistible, as is the polenta! Tick! Tick! Come on Christmas! Thank you for the lovely dining room photos and the history . . . .

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Eha, for your lovely comment…they are always appreciated. I like to use my oven to finish thicker pieces of meat but you could cook the tenderloin the whole time on the stovetop…just at a little lower temperature. It could also be cooked on the grill in the warmer months. The sauce and nuts really did madke the dish special, in my opinion. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our dining room decorated for Christmas.

  38. All of this sounds splendid. And yet, it’s the polenta pan-fried with sage that really grabs me. I never use it so, this might just get me in the mood for it. Your home looks amazing, btw.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Piglet, for your nice compliment. I think you will enjoy the polenta pan fried in the brown butter and sage. I love the flavor along with the crunchy exterior and the soft interior. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our dining room.

  39. TasteFood says:

    This sounds like a perfect winter meal. I love gorgonzola.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lynda, I have to agree with you that this is a nice dish for this time of the year. Gorgonzola is such a wonderful cheese. I love all the blues…never had one that I didn’t enjoy. Thank you for your comment.

  40. Juliana says:

    Oh Karen, a perfect meal and your home is so beautifully decorated for the holidays..I love it!
    Have a great week!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Juliana, I’m glad that you like the recipe and our dining room decorated for Christmas. Have a lovely week as well and thank you for your compliment about our home.

  41. What a lovely home! And what an amazing dish! I love the idea of a gorgonzola sauce. My husband would die for that. And the polenta cakes sound super easy and tasty!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Ducky, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our home. This is such an easy meal to prepare and the tastes are wonderful. I do hope you get a chance to prepare it for your husband.

  42. Michelle says:

    The pork looks delicious. But those polenta cakes? Beyond perfect! Your dining room is beautiful, and I enjoy living vicariously through your holiday decorations. (Though I’m also enjoying taking a year off from it all myself!)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Michelle, for your nice compliment. The polenta cakes cooked in brown butter and sage are terrific. I’m glad that you enjoyed my decorations. I didn’t do as much this year as I have done in the past. Sometimes you need a little break this time of the year.

  43. Eva Taylor says:

    It surely does sound like a meal fit for company, and that gorgonzola sauce would be very welcome in our home…YUM! I cooked a pork tenderloin tonight (for lunches/dinner tomorrow) stuffed with prunes and a Chermoula sauce, but I haven’t cut into it just yet…wish I had seen this one first!
    Your home is beautiful, Karen, as I suspected. It’s decorated very tastefully of the time. The dining room with the murals is absolutely spectacular! Is the paint colour authentic to the home as well? It looks fitting.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I think you would enjoy the gorgonzola sauce…it went perfectly with the pork. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of the dining room. Yes…all the colors in our home are of the period. The walls are painted in milk paint. During the restoration, we found many of the colors, either under many layers of wallpaper or paint. It is amazing what you can learn from a home that was built almost 300 years ago. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  44. After reading your post, I am in the holiday spirit! I love your place settings and your gorgeous pork loin with gorgonzola sauce. A perfect meal for a perfect gathering.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bam, I’m glad that my post put you in the holiday spirit. I was very pleased with this meal and think it would be perfect for entertaining…good flavor and not a lot of work. At this time of the year, we need stress free meals. I do love my holiday table…the plates were a Christmas present from a dear friend and the crystal was my grandparents. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  45. Wow, look at that… EVERYTHING. The polenta is calling my name. Beautiful meal.

  46. petit4chocolatier says:

    Beautiful meal and lovely home!

  47. I am very happy to have this recipe for pork tenderloin because I have trouble coming up with ways to fix them that aren’t dry and tasteless. I love gorgonzola so that will be wonderful. Another secret you let me in on – that I didn’t know about – was that I need to pull that silver stuff off! Who knew? And finally, my husband and I are big fans of This Old House and we’ve both been watching it since Bob Villa was the host. Your house looks like so many of those Old Houses featured on PBS – The only word I can think of to describe it is – exquisite!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Kelli, for your lovely compliment. I always enjoy knowing when one of my posts is useful to someone. I do think that you will enjoy this recipe…it is flavorful, moist and tender. And yes, take the silver skin off. Not only is it almost inedible but it will make the meat twist during cooking sometimes. I’m happy that you enjoyed seeing the photos of our home. I feel like we are living “This Old House” everyday.

  48. spicegirlfla says:

    Karen, we have such similar tastes!! this would be a meal I’d serve to guests as well. I love gorgonzola sauce and you can never go wrong with pork tenderloin! Your home is very special and you’ve decorated it tastefully and beautiful. Happy holidays to you!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Linda, I do think that we have similar tastes when it comes to cooking and food that we enjoy. I do think that this meal would be perfect for entertaining guests. Thank you for your compliment about our home…I do appreciate it very much.

  49. This is an absolutely gorgeous looking meal Karen — bookmarking it for sure. I imagine that you have some wonderful memories of meals with friends and family in that very special dining room of yours. It looks just beautiful and very inviting.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barb, I’m happy to know that you like the recipe and I hope you will enjoy the meal. Thank you for your compliment about our dining room…it is a pleasant room to share a meal with friends.

  50. ladyfi says:

    What a lovely dining table and set you have!

  51. I love the dinner and your decorating! Both! The roast sounds great, but the accompaniments sound even more interesting. I do so much casual entertaining this time of year and I’m always looking for ways to keep it easy, yet indicate I have some skill in the kitchen! LOL! This might do that for me. :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I think you would enjoy this meal. The polenta cooked in the brown butter and sage is terrific with its crispy exterior. Thank you for your compliment.

  52. Delicious recipe. Love the murals in your dining room.

  53. Joanne says:

    What a beautiful meal! I adore how it’s perfect both for guests or for your everyday weeknight meal!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Joanne, for your nice compliment. The meal is easy to prepare and delicious which is why I think it makes a nice meal for guests…glad you agree.

  54. oh look at that pork! It is perfectly cooked and makes my mouth water! Love your decorations

  55. catherinefarley says:

    Your dining room is beautiful, Karen. I love the built ins and having a mural of your home from the early 1700’s is so interesting. The perfect setting for your lovely meal. So festive.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, Thank you for your lovely compliment about our dining room. We enjoy the room and the murals make it very special. I’m glad you liked the meal…it was delicious.

  56. A recipe title that belies it’s siplicity Karen. And lovely to see your home decorated for Christmas, a treat for all !

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, This meal is simple to prepare and tastes great…I’m glad you like it. I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos of our home decorated for Christmas…the you for your lovely compliment.

  57. Karen, that pork is perfectly cooked and your house is gorgeous! Have a very happy Christmas.

  58. Karen, I am sold at polenta. I love it, and you paired it perfectly with pork and gorgonzola sauce. Your house is lovely with history well preserved.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marina, for your lovely compliment. The polenta in brown butter went so well with the pork. I keep using bites of it to wipe up the Gorgonzola sauce…jut delicious. We are happy that we could restore and save our historic house. I’m sure it will be around for many more years.

  59. Karen, the pork looks so tender and I can just imagine how divine the gorgonzola sauce is!! :D

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Lorraine, for your nice compliment. Pork tenderloin is such a tender piece of meat. The Gorgonzola sauce gave such a lovely flavor to the dish.

  60. Hello Karen,
    Your pork tenderloin dish looks absolutely divine! I prepare pork tenderloin several ways, but I have never browned it and then roasted it. I am certainly going to give it a try and serve it with the Gorgonzola sauce. I can imagine guests sitting at your table in your beautiful dining room with the murals thinking that they were indeed lucky to be invited to your home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. I appreciate your stopping by and your nice compliment. I have found that when you sear the meat and then finish it in the oven, you get a more evenly cooked piece of meat. Our guest have always said that have enjoyed a meal in our historic dining room…thank you!

  61. mjskit says:

    Your pork loin is cooked perfectly!! I’m so glad 145F is now acceptable. The Gorgonzola sauce and walnuts sounds like the perfect complement as well as those delicious looking polenta patties, something I still haven’t mastered. I’m going to try your method next time. Your home is absolutely gorgeous and so festive! Love it!

    • Karen says:

      Hi MJ, I think the sauce went well on the pork. I have to agree with you…the lower temp of 145 for pork means it stays juicy and tender. Thank you for your nice compliment about our home.

  62. Pat says:

    This does sounds like a wonderful dinner party entree, Karen! Your presentation is perfect and your table setting is so elegant.
    Your historic dining room looks exquisite! The mural,built in corner cabinets, all the wood trim and moldings and fireplace are beautiful.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pat, for your compliment. I do think this meal would be nice to serve at a dinner party. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of our dining room.

  63. This looks absolutely delicious and festive!

  64. ChgoJohn says:

    This is a great dish, Karen, simple enough for an after-work dinner yet fancy enough for guests. It’s your gorgonzola sauce. It sounds delicious and is something I’ll definitely try.
    Thank you for giving us a peek into your lovely home for the holidays.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, The Gorgonzola sauce was delicious, I think you would like it. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of our home decorated for Christmas…thank you.

  65. Wonderful flavors in this dish, Karen! I love the gorgonzola sauce and your decorations (and home) are beautiful!

  66. Tandy says:

    not only sounds delicious, but looks it too! Love the decorations :)

  67. Larry says:

    Your house looks beautiful and I like everything on your plate. Fried polenta was a always a family favorite as a kid, except we just called it corn meal mush – polenta sounds much better.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you so much for your compliment Larry. It is nice to know that you enjoyed the photos of our home and the meal that I prepared. When I was growing up in Texas, my mother made white hominy grits. My father would have her make extra so that she could pour it into a saved can to harden. The next day she would empty the can, slice and fry it for breakfast with eggs. I know how much you love your breakfast…this was a favorite.

  68. Your pan fried polenta looks mouthwatering. And your historic home is gorgeous – I love everything – the murals, hardwood floors, moldings, fireplace, on and on… :)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Pumpkin, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad that your enjoyed the post. The polenta was absolutely delicious. My husband and I do love that the dining is so special…especially the original Rumford fireplace with its swing arm to hold pots over the fire.

  69. eastofedencook says:

    I also enjoy cooking with pork tenderloin and leftovers are perfect for anther dinner. Your weeknight dinner is scrumptious! The pairing of sage with the polenta is inspired!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Deb, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. The brown butter and sage pan fried polenta was delicious and went well with the pork.

  70. aFrankAngle says:

    Although I’ll have to pass on the polenta, which caused psychological issues traced by to my youth, but gotta love your pork tenderloin!

  71. Mary says:

    That polenta sounds amazing. Love the sauce too.

  72. Your home is so very lovely and looks especially beautiful at Christmas. I love gorgonzola and gorgonzola sauces–so this recipe is particularly welcome.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Victoria, for your very nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our home and the recipe. The Gorgonzola sauce was delicious.

  73. You have a lovely christmas dining room with lots of character. I often cook polenta but always use the instantaneous kind so it is super easy to make. Your dish looks delicious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Suzanne, I appreciate your compliment. We do enjoy the character of our old home. Polenta is a favorite of mine and this was a delicious way of serving it.

  74. Susan says:

    Delicious recipe! We love pork tenderloin and this recipe is different than any I’ve tried. What a beautiful dining room. I love that soft shade of yellow on the woodwork and beautiful plank floors. The murals are beautifully done.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Susan, for your lovely compliment. I think the Gorgonzola sauce really added to the overall taste of the dish. I hope you like it if you give it a try. I’m glad you like the dining room. The paint is a history milk paint color. It always feels sunny in there even on a cold grey winter day.

  75. Natalie says:

    Lovely set-up and recipe!

  76. Diane says:

    Karen your dining room looks amazing.

    Gorgonzola sauce, now why has it taken me all my life to hear about this, gorgonzola sauce is on the menu for tomorrow. Thanks so much :-) Diane

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Diane, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of the dining room. I hope you will enjoy the Gorgonzola sauce…thanks for giving it a try.

  77. diane says:

    You look like you are living in early times, what a beautiful dining room. The meal sounds easy and scrumptious.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Diane, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. Our home was built in the 1730’s and we have tried to keep the feel but have adapted it to modern day living. We do enjoy the dining room…it has lots of room to expand the table for a large group and the cabinets are lovely for displaying china. This meal is very easy to prepare and was delicious.

  78. Those polenta rounds are calling my name and love the mural of the farm/house.

  79. All of your decorations are gorgeous, and thanks for the pork recipe! Just found your blog and I can’t wait to read more:)

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Sunnie, for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I’m glad that you enjoyed by blog and recipes. I look forward to your future visits.

  80. Such a fun post Karen, love seeing your holiday decorations and your dinner sounds fabulous!

  81. Your house looks so pretty for the holidays Karen. And I’m crazy about pork and polenta together. As Larry mentioned, southerners used to make corn meal mush, put it in a pan overnight in the refrigerator and fry it the next day. It’s very similar to polenta. We’ve been buying polenta from the supermarket and you’re so right. If you don’t dry it, it pops all over the place and makes a mess. This would make a fantastic dinner party meal.

    I finally figured out how to follow you – by email. Have a great weekend.
    Sam

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sam, I’m glad that you enjoyed the photos of our dining room…decorated for the holidays. I do think that pork and polenta do go together. I’m happy to know that you will be following along…thank you so much. Have a lovely weekend as well.

  82. Sissi says:

    AS a big fan or pork I am delighted to see its pairing with blue cheese (which I am also a fan of and gorgonzola is one of my favourite). I am not a fan of polenta alas (one of the rare Italian dishes), but who needs a side-dish really with such a wonderful piece of meat with cheese sauce?
    As always, it was a pleasure to look at your house.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sissi, Pork and Blue cheese do go well together and gorgonzola is one of my favorites. I don’t think you need polenta to enjoy this meal. Thinking about the pork and gorgonzola sauce, a nice rosti potato would be delicious…having a crispy texture like the fried polenta.

  83. rsmacaalay says:

    I love those perfect slices of pork in that creamy sauce, yum!

  84. This is such a delicious recipe — something about the sweetness of the gorgonzola with the pork. I make a similar version but haven’t added the nuts. The crunch and appearance would be a great addition.

  85. Love the pork tenderloin, especially with the Gorgonzola sauce. I especially love the Christmas Caroler figurines. We love the Christmas music and play it all of the time immediately after Thanksgiving and throughout the Holidays.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Richard, The pork tenderloin was delicious with the Gorgonzola sauce. It sounds like you enjoy Christmas as much as I do. Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful holiday.

  86. I love that your tree is decorated with birds and nests. I have collected all kinds of bird ornaments over the years and they fill our tree along with nests, mushrooms, pinecones, etc. Very lovely. All your dishes look tasty, too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Amy, I glad you have been enjoying my posts on how I decorate for Christmas. I love my little tree with the birds…yours sounds like one I would love as well. I once found a beautiful nest in one of the fresh Christmas trees…I still have it. Thank you for your lovely compliment. Have a Merry Christmas.

  87. I agree with you, sometimes it´s not hard to eat good food during the week. It looks delectable and it´s such a great way to eat pork! The polenta is my favorite, I just love it!

  88. Karen, what beautiful photos of your home. The recipe sounds delicious and manageable to make, too! Happy New Year!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana, Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of our home…it is certainly different from most. I think you would find this dish very easy to prepare.

  89. Hi Karen, my husband made the pork tenderloin with the cheese sauce and it was delicious! So glad to have had your recipe fresh in my mind when he mentioned he was making pork for our Sunday dinner! Thank you :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana, I’m so glad to hear that your husband made this dish and that you both enjoyed it. I really appreciate when someone takes the time to let me know that they made one of my recipes and liked it.

  90. cabinet stew says:

    Don’t take me wrong… the house is wonderful but that pork looks amazing! I think you could also do some bone-in chops here too!

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