Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Onion Compote

Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Onion Compote Recipe
James Carrier
Notes: Chef Stephen Smith of Albion River Inn in Albion, California, created this dish.


Makes 8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 292
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Protein 25 g
Fat 14 g
Satfat 6.7 g
Carbohydrate 16 g
Fiber 1.6 g
Sodium 130 mg
Cholesterol 88 mg


2 fat-trimmed pork tenderloins (1 lb. each)
2 tablespoons coarse-ground pepper
4 teaspoons salad oil
1 red onion (6 oz.), peeled and chopped
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
1/3 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine


1. Rinse pork and pat dry; roll in pepper to coat evenly.

2. Set an 11- to 12-inch frying pan with ovenproof handle over high heat. When pan is hot, add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat bottom. Add pork (cut tenderloins crosswise to fit pan if necessary) and turn as needed to brown on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes total.

3. Set pan in a 400° regular or convection oven; bake until a thermometer inserted in center of thickest part of meat reaches 155°, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let meat stand in a warm place about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan over high heat, stir onion in remaining 1 teaspoon oil until limp, about 5 minutes. Add cranberries, vinegar, broth, and sugar; stir occasionally until liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add butter and stir until melted and incorporated into sauce.

5. Cut meat on the diagonal across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices; arrange on 8 plates. Spoon sauce equally over and around meat. Add salt to taste.

Chef Stephen Smith, Albion, California,

Albion River Inn,


February 2001
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