I'd make this recipe once a year in the fall. I used boneless pork chops because I had them already in my fridge (after browning them I put them in the oven at 400 for the time it took me to finish the rest of the recipe, about 10 minutes). I also used Jonathan apples and I cooked the 1 cup of apple cider with the half-and-half for a long time for the sauce to thicken up and eventually added the apples and pork to it while it simmered. I put this over quinoa and brown rice and that helped to thicken the sauce, too.
Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onion
Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Susan Vajaranant
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 388
- Fat: 21g
- Saturated fat: 10g
- Protein: 25g
- Carbohydrate: 23g
- Fiber: 2g
- Cholesterol: 122mg
- Sodium: 360mg
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 1-lb. pork tenderloin
- Salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch wedges
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
- 1. Preheat oven to 400ºF; line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray. Warm oil in a large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper and cook, turning with tongs, until browned on all sides, 3 to 5 minutes total. Transfer to baking sheet and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of meat registers 155ºF, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
- 2. Melt butter in same skillet (don't wash or wipe out skillet). Add apples and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until softened and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape into bowl, add onion and thyme to skillet, and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Pour in cider and cream and bring to a boil, stirring to incorporate browned bits on bottom of skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
- 3. Return apples to skillet and heat through, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Slice pork and serve with sauce.
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