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Grilled Pork Sandwiches with Fennel, Dill, and Cucumber

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Inspired by the fennel-forward flavors of a classic Italian porchetta sandwich, this grilled version made with pork tenderloin comes together quickly.


  • 3 Tbs. fennel seeds, coarsely crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium pork tenderloin (about 1-1/4 lb.), trimmed of any excess fat and silverskin and cut in half crosswise
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 large sandwich rolls, split and toasted
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh dill sprigs

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 430
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 21
  • Saturated Fat (g): 4
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 80
  • Sodium (mg): 530
  • Carbohydrates (g): 25
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 32


  • Prepare a medium (375°F) gas or charcoal grill fire.
  • In a small bowl, combine 1-1/2 Tbs. of the fennel seeds, 1/8 tsp. of the allspice, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and pepper. Stir in the oil and then press the mixture onto the pork. Grill the pork, turning with tongs, until nicely browned on all sides and 140°F to 145°F in the center, 17 to 21 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. crushed fennel seeds, 1/8 tsp. allspice, 1/8 tsp. salt, and several grinds of pepper. Spread the rolls with the mayonnaise mixture. Thinly slice the pork crosswise. Arrange the pork on the rolls with the cucumbers and dill. Serve warm.


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Reviews (2 reviews)

  • momsstuffing | 12/04/2019

    OMG! Best sandwich EVER! Summer favorite. So easy and even the kids loved it! Served with a caprese pasta salad and stone fruit salad with tarragon vinaigrette. Sooooo good!

  • Christie79 | 07/18/2013

    These sandwiches were absolutely fantastic!! I was somewhat skeptical by the recipe title, but since I had all the ingredients, I decided to give it a try. They were GREAT! And very quick to make.

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