Photo by: Jean Allsopp

Cider-glazed Pork Loin Sandwich with Walnut Pesto

Matt uses black walnuts for an earthy flavor. Regular walnuts make a good substitute because black walnuts may be difficult to find. Allow the pork to stand 10 minutes after removing from the oven to ensure juicy, tender meat.

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 none (2-pound) boneless pork loin
  • 3/4 cup fresh apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 none garlic cloves
  • 1 none shallot
  • 3/4 cup (2 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 none slices fresh whole-grain bread
  • 1 none head Bibb lettuce


Heat vegetable oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Add pork loin and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned.

Bake pork loin in skillet, uncovered, at 375° for 10 minutes. Add cider and butter to skillet, basting pork with pan juices. Bake 45 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 150°. Cover with foil; let stand 10 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Cut pork into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Reserve drippings in skillet.

Process walnuts and next 6 ingredients in a food processor until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides.

Spread pesto evenly on 1 side of each bread slice. Layer 6 bread slices, pesto side up, with pork slices, reserved drippings, and lettuce. Top with remaining 6 bread slices, pesto side down.


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Cider-glazed Pork Loin Sandwich with Walnut Pesto Recipe