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Florentine Pork in French Bread Boats

Florentine Pork in French Bread BoatsThese appealing sandwich boats make a great tasting light supper.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 pork tenderloins (about 12 ounces each)
1/3 cup your favorite Italian dressing
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
3 (6-inch) French or hoagie rolls, split lengthwise in half
4 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cut pork into slices 1/4-inch thick. Place pork in plastic bag; add dressing, turning to coat. Tie bag securely and marinate at least 15 minutes (no longer than 1 1/2 hours).
  2. Remove pork from marinade and brown in oil in a nonstick skillet.
  3. Add tomatoes and spinach. Cover tightly and cook over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Pour off excess liquid. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Meanwhile remove soft centers from bread to form "boats". Spoon 1 cup pork mixture into each boat. Sprinkle each with equal amount of Parmesan cheese and serve.

Makes 6 (1 "boat") servings.


  • For a crisper crust on the "boats", before splitting the bread rolls, bake whole in a 425°F (220°C) oven for about 10 minutes, or until hot.
  • For additional flavor, lightly drizzle filled "boats" with additional Italian dressing prior to sprinkling with the Parmesan cheese.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.