Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Crusty sandwich rolls are layered with savory steakhouse mushroom marinated roasted pork loin, caramelized onions and mushrooms, melted provolone cheese, and a hint of baby arugula. This recipe was created in partnership with Smithfield.

Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Smithfield challenged me to create another 30-minute meal, this time using their Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet.

Like I said last month when I made Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Lettuce Wraps, something light and fresh for the upcoming spring and summer months. I am always in need of new 30-minute meals to feed our family.

School, homework, and associated after school activities are winding down, but we’ll be just as busy during the summer juggling family vacation, summer camps and activities, afternoons at the pool, and me attempting to work from home during the summer while the kiddos are home.

It definitely isn’t impossible, but it takes some organization and having a plan for meals that don’t take a long time to cook really gives me an extra boost on a daily basis.

Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

The Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet sounded a little more hearty to me, so I knew I wanted to make a recipe that reflected that.

I immediately thought of a warm, toasted crusty sandwich roll piled high with sliced pork all sorts of hearty toppings. Pairing the flavors of the mushroom marinated pork with plenty of sliced mushrooms and caramelized onions sounded like the perfect plan.

I love a good, hearty sandwich bursting with flavor and lots of toppings for a variety of texture and complimentary tastes.

Sandwiches are definitely not just for lunch in my opinion. I think they’re great for quick and easy dinner recipes on busy days. And I love that I can prep all the fillings pretty quickly. Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet takes 30 minutes or less to cook, and I can get the rest of the ingredients prepared and laid out while the pork is cooking.

After the ingredients are all prepped everyone in the family can go through and assemble their own just how they like it. Sandwiches like this Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms definitely makes a great weeknight meal.

 

Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

For added flavor, I whipped up a quick horseradish mustard mayo. It provides just enough of a zing from the horseradish without being overpowering or too strong for the kids.

The arugula adds a nice bit and some color, but you can definitely use spinach or even lettuce (I would recommend red leaf lettuce) if you don’t like the flavor of arugula. Using baby arugula rather than regular arugula provides a milder taste.

In my opinion, the horseradish mustard mayo and baby arugula were the perfect additions for the Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms.

But like any meal that requires some individual participation, the great this is that the whole family can be happy with a meal like this because everyone can put their own twist on the final assemble. You can add more or less arugula, or use spinach instead. You can even add a big slice of tomato to the Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, which would be so good during the summer months when they are ripe and juicy.

One of the best ways for us to have a stress-free easy mealtime in our family is serving something that everyone is happy with and enjoys. We all like pork and sandwiches were a great vehicle to highlight the taste of Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet, plus it was a different way to serve a meat that frequents our dinner table.

What are your favorite weeknight meal tips?

Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Smithfield is looking for your very best tips on how to get a meal on the table in 30 minutes or less using Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork through the Smithfield Real Flavor Real, Fast Contest. Head over to SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com and submit your original tip for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Tip entry ends 4/30, but stay tuned for future contest categories to follow!

For more delicious, easy and seasonal recipe ideas to help you get dinner on the table quickly, like this Smoked Bacon and Pork Alfredo, check out Smithfield’s website.

Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

Yield: serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Crusty sandwich rolls are layered with savory steakhouse mushroom marinated roasted pork loin, caramelized onions and mushrooms, melted provolone cheese, and a hint of baby arugula.

Ingredients:

FOR THE ROASTED PORK

FOR THE ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS

  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 12 ounces Sliced White Mushrooms
  • 2 medium Red Onions, sliced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

FOR THE SANDWICH

 

  • 6 Sandwich Rolls, sliced in half
  • 3 tablespoons Butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Horseradish Mustard
  • Prepared Pork
  • Prepared Onions and Mushrooms
  • 6 slices Provolone Cheese
  • Baby Arugula Leaves

 

Directions:

FOR THE ROASTED PORK

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a small roasting pan with the olive oil.

Season the Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet with pepper, and garlic powder on all sides according to your personal taste preferences. Place pork loin in the greased pan. Bake the pork loin 20 minutes per pound until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes prior to slicing.

After resting, slice into 1/4 inch thick slices.

FOR THE ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS

While the pork is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.

In a heavy bottom cast iron pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat.

Add the onions, sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt, or to taste, and saute for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and continue to sauté for 5 minutes. Then, reduce to medium low and continue to cook for 10 minutes, or until they tender and golden, stirring the mixture every 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside.

FOR THE SANDWICH

Butter the insides of the roll lightly with butter and broil butter sides up just until they are golden brown, about 2 - 3 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and horseradish mustard. Mix well.

To prepare a sandwich, spread the inside of the bread with the horseradish mustard mayonnaise mixture, top with sliced pork (dividing the total amount between 6 sandwiches), then top the pork with 1/6th of the mushroom mixture and a slice of provolone cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute (or less). Then, add a small amount of baby arugula leaves to the sandwich. Place the top of the roll over the fillings. Cut in half and eat immediately.

Notes:

The sandwiches are best eaten immediately. For leftover pork, it is better to store it unassembled and make additional sandwiches later than it is to prepare all of the sandwiches and reheat them.

I am privileged to have working relationship Smithfield on Good Life Eats. I’ve been compensated for my time in creating this recipe for Roasted Pork Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, but as always – my opinions are my own!

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