garlic, olive oil, cream cheese, maple syrup, pork tenderloin, red onion, arugula, tomato, hoagie roll, eggs
Sandwiches and Burgers
Looking for a great sandwich to serve family and friends at a weekend get together or Sunday brunch? Look no further! This pork loin sub is savory and hearty, delivering delicious protein in a portable package.
The rest of the flavors we themed a bit around breakfast, so you’ll find roasted garlic (to play on the pork), maple cream cheese spread, and an optional fried egg topper! Enjoy.
1 head garlic
2–3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 heads roasted garlic (see below)
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
⅓–½ (1.15-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into ¼–½-inch rounds
Olive or vegetable oil
¼ red onion, sliced into long strips
1 tablespoon extra virgin or vegetable oil
1 cup arugula* ()
1 roma tomato, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 hoagie (hero) roll, halved the long way
1–2 eggs, sunny side up (optional)
For Roasted Garlic
For Cream Cheese Spread
To Make the Roasted Garlic
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel away as much of the garlic’s papery outside as possible without pulling apart all the cloves.
Trim off the top of the head of garlic and drizzle with olive oil (on top of the exposed head).
Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and bake for 40–45 minutes.
To Make the Cream Cheese Spread
In a small mixing bowl, smush the roasted garlic cloves with the back of a spoon.
Add in the cream cheese, maple syrup, and salt and whisk everything together until smooth. You can also achieve both steps 1 and 2 in a food processor.
To Make the Pork
Prime your grill by rubbing oil onto it so that the pork won’t stick. We usually wet a paper towel with oil and rub the grill surface until it’s properly oiled.
Bring your grill up to high heat. Once hot, place the pork on the grill and cook about 4–5 minutes per side. (You should achieve great grill marks and get lots of sizzling action). Remove from heat and set aside.
To Assemble the Sandwich
Add a tablespoon of oil into a small skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions for about 10 minutes until caramelized, stirring frequently. Set aside.
To build your sandwich, lather both sides of the hoagie bun with your cream cheese spread. Then, top with your tomato slices, followed by the caramelized onions, then the arugula, and finally the pork. If adding a fried egg or two, top the pork with your egg(s) and then the top bun. Slice the hoagie in half and serve with tots or your favorite side dish!
We think the pepperiness of arugula compliments the pork, but feel free to use your lettuce of choice. Bibb and romaine both work well.