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Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Applesauce

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 1 hr, 20 mins

Makes 4 servings


  • 5 apples (such as Gala or Fuji), peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 (12-oz.) pork tenderloins, trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Sauté apples in 3 Tbsp. melted butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Stir in zest, juice, sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes or until apples are tender. Meanwhile, brush pork with oil. Stir together cumin, next 2 ingredients, and remaining salt; rub over pork. Place pork in a roasting pan. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes. Whisk together honey and 1 Tbsp. melted butter; brush half of mixture over pork, and bake 1 minute. Turn pork, and brush with remaining honey mixture. Bake 2 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 145°. Let stand 5 minutes. Mash apple mixture to desired consistency, and serve with pork.