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Herbed Pork Tenderloin With Apples and Cider Sauce

Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Sara Slavin

Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces meat, about 3/4 cup apple mixture, and about 4 tablespoons sauce)
Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 28 minutes; Stand: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek
  • 2 cups sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 2 cups sliced Rome apple
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 308
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 4 g
  • monofat 6 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 24 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 73 mg
  • iron 3 mg
  • sodium 272 mg
  • calcium 53 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Combine salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, thyme, and garlic in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture over pork. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Place pork on a sheet pan. Bake 14 minutes or until pork registers 160°. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

  3. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add leek, apples, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook 6 minutes or until soft and lightly browned, stirring frequently.

  4. Combine water and flour in a small bowl; set aside. Remove apple mixture from pan; keep warm. Add 3/4 cup cider to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Add flour mixture to reduced cider, stirring with a whisk. Simmer 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream.

  5. Slice pork thinly. Divide apple mixture evenly among 4 plates; serve pork alongside. Spoon sauce over pork and apples.

  6. Andrea's wine pick: Barrel-fermented California Chardonnay has plenty of apple notes to echo the sauce and enough body to stand up to the pork. Try St. Francis, Sonoma 2002, $