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Peppered Pork With Pecan Biscuits

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 37 mins
Stand time 15 mins
Yield Makes 5 dozen appetizer sandwiches
Bake the biscuits in advance, and freeze in a zip-top plastic freezer bag for up to four weeks.


  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2-lb.) package pork tenderloins
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
  • 1 (20-oz.) box all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Coarse-grained Dijon mustard

How to Make It

  1. Combine pepper and salt. Rub evenly over pork tenderloins, and place on a lightly greased rack in a roasting pan.

  2. Bake at 450° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155°. Let stand 10 minutes before thinly slicing. Reduce oven temperature to 425°.

  3. Combine yeast, sugar, and 3/4 cup water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.

  4. Add baking mix and next 4 ingredients to yeast mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in flour (up to 1/2 cup) as needed until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead gently 2 to 3 times.

  5. Pat or roll dough to a 1-inch thickness; cut biscuits with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter. Place biscuits on lightly greased baking sheets.

  6. Bake at 425° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Split biscuits; serve sliced pork in biscuits with mustard.