Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

  • hoboshm Posted: 09/25/10
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    Very good and quick weeknight meal. I subbed pork sirloin chops for tenderloin (increased cooking time a bit) and didn't have cider, so used apple juice with 1 tsp cider vinegar. I used Honeycrisp apple as that's what I had. Very tasty pan juices. Will make again.

  • jchiricotti Posted: 03/06/11
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    I didn't cut up the pork...seared the loin then simmered it in a broth. Outstanding!

  • GrandmaKY Posted: 10/21/10
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    I made this for a weeknight dinner for my husband and I. I cooked the pork whole because it is too much trouble to cut it up and saute it. It was DELICIOUS. I served it with broccoli and garlic mashed potatoes. Will make again. It is hard to mess up any pork tenderloin recipe. Perfect fall menu.

  • Laurie18 Posted: 01/23/11
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    I loved this recipe and it was quick to come together for a week night meal.

  • GalaxiGrl Posted: 10/26/10
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    Often, I think that pork dishes tend to be somewhat dry, but not this one. It was very tender and flavorful. It was possibly the best pork dish I've ever made! It's also a plus that it's healthy and easy. I would make this for a weeknight dinner or for company. I served it with sweet and sour red cabbage, which was a great accompaniment.

  • inwinecountry Posted: 10/07/10
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    I thought this was really easy and had fabulous flavor.

  • Linda14 Posted: 10/17/10
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    I followed the recipe with the exception of the cider; subbed apple juice and it was just fine. Pan juices are excellent, recipe is as easy at is sounds. I used a non-stick pan and had no issues. Served with garlic mashed red potatoes and green beans; pumpkin bread for dessert; perfect fall meal. Ideal for a special occasion without keeping you in the kitchen forever.

  • JerseyFresh77 Posted: 10/15/10
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    I made this for company last night, just per the recipe, and it came out perfectly. I appreciated cutting the meat before cooking, because I never feel confident about large pieces of meat cooked on the stove top. I served this with brussel sprouts and a tossed salad to my carb-avoiding guests.

  • cookfromsocal Posted: 10/28/10
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    This dish was delicious and so easy. I'll do more apples the next time and won't cook as long as they got a little mushy - but still delicious. A definite repeat.

  • saracat Posted: 10/24/10
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    This was wonderful! The only thing I would change would be to cook the apples less because mine came out too soft, but still delicious. I made this for a weeknight meal with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted green beans, but it could easily be served for company. The presentation was beautiful and the taste just as good; highly recommended.

  • ConniefromPA Posted: 11/06/10
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    Made the recipe exactly as written, we loved the apples ( cooked a little less), but did not care for the spices on the pork, could just be we don't like ground coriander. I have over 200 recipes on my rotation, I will not be making this again.

  • meredithj2009 Posted: 10/20/10
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    Terrific! Easy! Flavorful! Even my picky kids liked as I called it "steak" and didnt call out the onions.

  • tkirkland Posted: 10/24/10
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    So tasty and easy to make! The flavors are very "fall." The apples paired with the shallots were especially good. Served with roasted squash.

  • MelMax Posted: 10/30/10
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    Everyone im my family loved this recipe. I increased the spice rub a bit. I served it with oven roasted butternut squash. Roast a cut up squash with a little butter and brown sugar for 30 min at 400. Serve the sauteed apples over the pork and squash. Delish!

  • crusnock Posted: 11/20/10
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    Loved the mix of savory and sweet. We used a regular flat-bottom skilled, instead of a cast-ironed one, and they turned out great. We served these with Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots (Nov 2010)

  • nkyhky Posted: 09/26/10
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    I made this tonight and my husband and I both thought this was outstanding! I followed the instructions and didn't change a thing. You definitely need to do this in a cast iron skillet, or at least NOT a non-stick pan. It has great fall flavors and was easy to make- the longest part of the prep was slicing the apples. We're looking forward to the left-overs tomorrow.

  • lynn719 Posted: 10/21/10
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    Awesome Fall recipe. Quick and easy. Even the kids loved it!

  • nlmonte Posted: 10/27/10
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    This was very easy, and great for fall. I followed the recipe exactly and it was a breeze. My whole family (husband and 2 picky boys) happily ate it. I served it with mashed potatoes and pickled cabbage. My husband usually thinks pork is too dry, but this wasn't at all. Will definitely make this again.

  • jelibeann Posted: 01/25/11
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    We really enjoyed this recipe - I made a few changes, but nothing major. For the pork: substituted dried cumin for the coriander, kept the tenderloin whole and browned it in a skillet, then baked at 375 for 25 minutes. For the apples, I used one apple and one pear, and added cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to season. I also left out the cider, since I didn't have any. I served these with a side of rosemary garlic Yukon gold mashed potatoes.

  • JoannahZ Posted: 12/18/10
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    Excellent and very easy. Great recipe for a cool fall night.

  • ESmith6 Posted: 01/11/11
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    I've made this twice now and loved it both times. The first time I didn't have fresh thyme so I used 1/4 tsp. of dried. The fresh is better! I added a few extra apple slices and I used sweet onion instead of shallots. I served it with spicy sweet potatoes from this site...delicious!

  • diamondgirl123 Posted: 10/07/10
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    I really liked this recipe. I did think that it called for too much apple cider - just a little too vinegary. I was thinking of cooking the tenderloin whole in the oven next time. Kind of a pain cutting it up and cooking each slice when I could just rub on the spices and cook it whole. Still, loved the flavors and the apples were very good.

  • jlparke Posted: 09/18/10
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    Very, very good. Great company dish. Easy to make. I did not have apple sauce so just used water--no problem. Can't wait to make this again. I served with baked yam.

  • LizLeAnne Posted: 10/29/10
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    An instant classic. The presentation and flavor appear that you've cooked for hours but it's so quick and easy. We loved it and can't wait to make it again.

  • fitchicknyc Posted: 10/20/10
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    I love this recipe as it is so tasty and low calorie. I somtimes make the same recipe with chicken. I always sprinkle a golden roasted flax and chia blend on top called fitflax http://www.fitflax.com. I have lost over 30 pounds by walking, watching my calories and eating flax. I heard about FitFlax at Weight Watchers. It is delicious, loaded with Omega 3's, fiber and antioxidants so it not only promotes weight loss, it also is great for your skin, hair and overall health. FitFlax is a low carb/low calorie flax and chia blend that is nutty, yummy delicious (tastes like peanut butter) that is great straight from the bag, and also tastes great in salads or in greek yogurt. It is also filling.

  • HotAppleC Posted: 10/19/10
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    Excellent! The spiced pork was delicious and the sauce was appropriately understated. I will definitely make this again!

  • MissChefy Posted: 10/07/10
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    This recipe is awesome. I reviewed it in detail here: misschefy.wordpress.com

  • laceyhawkins Posted: 09/27/10
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    My fiance' and i really enjoyed this meal!! the sauteed apples really made the meal. i served w/baked sweet potatoes. i used Pink Lady apples b/c that is what i had on hand. Very tasty! looking forward to our leftovers tonight!

  • elsellin Posted: 09/28/10
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    This was outstanding! Even my husband who doesn't like apples really enjoyed it, and asked for me to make it again. I don't know what kind of apples I used (just what was left from our trip to the orchard), and I used a non-stick pan. Will be making again this weekend!

  • christie88 Posted: 11/07/10
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    FANTASTIC. So quick, and a wonderful combination of flavors. The only problem was that I wanted to eat the entire batch by myself. Make extra apples!

  • katierut Posted: 11/21/10
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    Wonderful recipe, I made two whole tenderloins and still didn't have any leftovers. I made with roasted veggies and the combo was awesome. Would add more spice than is recommended though.

  • MissSE06 Posted: 11/18/10
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    We made this recipe with pork chops instead of tenderloin. Didn't have apple cider so we used 1/2 apple cider vinegar and supplemented with orange juice to make it sweet. Tasted amazing!

  • Loganckck Posted: 10/22/10
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    Wouldn't change a thing. The kids loved how the kitchen smelled while it was cooking! Cooks very quickly, so have everything set up. Served with steamed green beans. Will definately make again!

  • edamama Posted: 10/27/10
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    I fixed this for company and everyone loved it.Left the pork tenderloin whole and cooked 15 minutes on George Forman and 15 minutes in the oven.Served with mashed sweet potato and hot wilted spinach salad with pecans.Very easy and very tasty.Will definitely make it again.

  • TheChefAmy Posted: 10/14/10
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    Excellent! I changed around one thing in mine. You can read about my finished dish here: http://thechefamy.blogspot.com/

  • AmyinIllinois Posted: 02/06/11
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    The sauce and apples are sweet. For that reason, my husband (who has a sweet tooth) really liked the dish. I wasn't as keen on it, for that same reason. While it was simple and quick to prepare, if I want apples to accompany a pork dish, it is even easier to serve applesauce as a side. I can think of other pork tenderloin recipes that have more pizzazz than this.

  • SClipp2 Posted: 01/24/11
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    I thought this was a super easy, quick, elaborately flavored dish. The only substitutions I made was replacing the shallots with 1/4 cup sliced red onion and just using whatever apples I had. Served with steamed broccoli. Super yummy! Will definitely make again.

  • SanDiegoJes Posted: 06/02/11
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    Really good recipe, while I was cooking I realized I did not have apple cider, I only had apple cider vinegar. I substituted 1 tbsp of the vinegar and 1/4 cup white wine and couldn't tell the difference. I served this with steamed green beans and wild rice.

  • chellescuba Posted: 05/19/11
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    I made this with my boyfriend for his kids and it was a big hit. Easy to make, quick, healthy and delcious.

  • Jajooo Posted: 04/21/11
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    Yum... made as written and loved it.

  • erinrenee Posted: 09/22/11
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    Oh my goodness it smells so good while cooking. It was super easy and fast. I paired with a spinach salad with a apple cider vinaigrette. I will definitely make this again but maybe with a little less salt. I would avoid salt in the apple mixture. very yummy!

  • MadamMaddyKJ26 Posted: 10/06/11
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    Amazing, just enough sweentess to match the savory elements. Will make again!

  • LouisePearl Posted: 10/11/11
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    Very easy to prepare and delicious! This is a dinner worthy of company. I happened to have cranberry sauce on hand that needed to be used up and added about 1/3 cup to the apples. It was very good.

  • VGLORE Posted: 10/05/11
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    This is one of favorites for the Fall! Beautiful, easy, and tasty!

  • CinnaBeave Posted: 10/05/11
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    I've made this several times and its become a favorite at our house. It is very easy to prepare and, for the beginner cook like me, it's hard to mess up! :-) The flavors are very complex, and the meal wraps you in a blanket of comfort food goodness. Yum!

  • Faintgirl83 Posted: 10/18/11
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    This was really tasty - I cut the apples a bit too thickly but it was still yummy. Served with roast potatoes and sauteed asparagus.

  • aestock Posted: 10/13/11
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    This was sooooooooooooo good. I would have preferred a bit more of the spice rub. I only had enough to cover the top of the meat. I plan to cover both sides when I make this again.

  • steponme Posted: 10/18/11
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    Good, but would've been better if I hadn't burnt 1/2 the drippings in the skillet after browning the pork chops

  • MKananen Posted: 10/14/11
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    The spice combination tasted horrible on the pork. The sautéed apples smelled and looked good until I added the thyme. After the thyme was added, that tasted weird too. Next time I'll chop the apples, instead of slicing them, forego the thyme, and give the pork chops a different spice mixture (salt, pepper, garlic).

  • Fran1947 Posted: 10/12/11
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    Fixed this for dinner last night using Honey Crisp apples. It was VERY delicious. I served it with chucky mashed potatoes. My 93 year old Father even commented on how good it was. Usually he only comments on a very good steak or pasta.... he's Italian. It's a keeper.

  • NCfloridians Posted: 11/02/11
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    This was a big hit with my entire family! The only changes I made were the substitution of ground thyme for the coriander, which I did not have and I used 1/2 apple cider 1/2 white wine ratio. I also made a slightly unhealthy choice and dredged pork tenderloin in flour before cooking which also helped thicken up the sauce. I did not add the fresh thyme at the end.

  • LiLouD Posted: 12/04/11
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    This is so easy and very, very good. The pork is moist and flavorful. We didn't have any cider, so I used chicken broth. Don't skip the bit of salt on the apples; the contrast of salty and sweet is delicious.

  • nallix Posted: 12/31/11
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    The spices on the pork are fantastic although I thought the rub didn't go quite as far as I was hoping. I just made the batch of spice mixture a little bigger to better coat the pork medallions. I never would have thought of putting thyme on the apples but man did it work. Amazing taste on those.

  • contentedgirl Posted: 01/11/12
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    Delicious recipe for pork tenderloin. The apples and shallots blended so well with the spice rubbed pork tenderloin. I didn't change a thing, although I did have to cook the pork longer than 3 minutes each side. The pork was so tender & the apple and shallot glaze kept it very juicy. I will definitely make it again as my husband loved it!

  • Domino864 Posted: 11/30/11
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    This was super good!! I'm learning to cook and this was the first time I have ever cooked pork. This was super easy, with really great instructions! I noticed that a few people commented that the spice rub wasnt enough to go around but I thought it was more than enough. I did take someone's advice and let the pork marinade in the spice rub for about an hour before I cooked it. Verrrrry flavorful!! I served it with roasted green beans.

  • Nichelleley Posted: 11/08/11
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    First of all, this recipe is really, REALLY good. After reading the reviews, I was worried about the amount of the spice rub, so even though I only made enough pork to feed two, I still made the full amount of the rub. This meal was super easy-- I let the chops cook on the stove while I sliced my apple and shallots so the timing worked out perfectly with not a lot of preparation needed. I ALWAYS have to cook meet longer than the recipe calls for, I don't know if it is just my stovetop, but the chops needed twice as long to cook. I served this with a spinach salad and a sweet red. Amazing!!

  • beachwriter Posted: 11/07/11
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    Overall, I liked this recipe. My only complaint was the amount of spice rub for the pork wasn't quite enough. I thought about increasing it ahead of time, but didn't. I will do so next time, or I may just marinate the pork with the rub for an hour or so before cooking. This is a nice, simple recipe! I used pre-sliced apples, so the shallot was the only thing I had to chop up. I served it with a baked sweet potato - made for a nice fall dinner!

  • Inatay02 Posted: 01/09/12
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    So good! The sweet spices complemented the tang of the apples and salty flavor of the meat. Easy to make and delicious, definitely going to make again!

  • KathrynNC Posted: 01/13/12
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    I would say this is actually a 4.5 star meal. We served it with a spinach salad (as suggested) - CL's Spinach Salad from 1996 which uses apple cider vinegar, honey, and dijon mustard in the dressing and pairs beautifully with pork and apples. Didn't change a thing and I'd definitely make it again.

  • carolfitz Posted: 01/23/12
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    Have made twice with good results. This time we used four boneless chops because they were on super-sale, pounded a bit to get them to a uniform thickness & to cut cooking time. Pre-cooked the apple slices in the morning (maybe half the time recommended). When the pork came out of the pan, we put the apple mixture into the skillet to deglaze the pan and warm the fruit. Served with crisp-steamed broccoli & smashed yukon golds & carrots. Very nice.

  • mandofan Posted: 01/31/12
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    Not bad. I prefer a pink center on pork tenderloin, so I make thick slices (approx. 1 inch thick) and basically just sear them for about 90 seconds per side. The thyme really makes this. Reheats fine but is best served hot and fresh.

  • donnadeleon Posted: 04/30/12
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    Very nice blend of flavors, and quick to prepare. The fresh thyme makes the entree... so don't use dried!

  • LeiaC83 Posted: 11/16/12
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    From the minute this started cooking, everyone was dying to eat it. It was absolutely delicious. Make sure to use fresh thyme for the best flavor. It was enjoyed by my picky husband, mother-in-law, and my kids. No changes to the recipe at all.

  • bamiller Posted: 10/19/12
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    This recipe is very light but satisfying. I served with sauteed pepper and onions, which could actually be included with the pork. Will make again. Not as sweet as it sounds.

  • Molly91 Posted: 08/24/12
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    This recipe is amazing and fairly easy to make. I had the coriander in my spice cupboard, but had never used a recipe that called for it. I wish I had known a long time ago that it smelled like apples because it would have been perfect for a lot of other recipes. My fiance keeps telling me he's not a fan of pork, yet every time I make a meal with it he seems to love it, especially this one!

  • thygie Posted: 10/11/12
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    This was excellent! I doubled the spice rub as suggested by other reviewers. I also gently flattened the pork slices with my hand to help them cook faster. I used fuji apples and red onion, all I had on hand, and unfortunately, used ground thyme instead of fresh. All in all, it was outstanding. Next time I'll definitely use fresh thyme, and shallots instead of onion, but this was absolutely delicious. Served it with baby kale and baby chard salad. Can't wait to eat the leftovers!

  • dpkp03 Posted: 02/15/13
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    Served this for a weeknight Valentine's Day dinner with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes. It was delicious. I served the pork on a platter with the apples/shallot mix over top. Very attractive presentation. A good recipe for special occassions and guests. So easy & quick!

  • LATheresa Posted: 03/09/13
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    This was so delicious, served with steamed broccoli and wild brown rice. Used olive oil instead of cooking spray to get a nice sear on the pork.

  • Reddirtguy Posted: 09/28/12
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    Quick! A perfect dinner to serve in the fall!

  • jdleff Posted: 10/24/12
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    Wonderful fall meal. Served with Maple Roasted Acorn Squash.

  • Tara931 Posted: 05/03/12
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    Loved it! The flavors compliment each other well! We served it with mashed potatoes and spinach

  • SheilaNewell Posted: 11/06/12
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    YUM! My husband adored this and asked me to make it again three days later. A perfect, easy and fast recipe for fall. Great with butternut squash and a crisp green salad.

  • Sarah1234 Posted: 11/06/12
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    Awesome recipe full of flavour and quick to prepare. I did not have apple cider, instead used apple juice with a splash of apple cider vinegar as someone else suggested. Also, I only partially cooked the medallions, then finished them in the simmering sauce/apple mixture. This helped to keep the lean meat moist and tender.

  • fpalm15 Posted: 12/03/12
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    Very easy and very delicious. I used thinly sliced sweet onion and dried thyme since I didn't have shallots or fresh thyme. I served with mashed potatoes and peas. I used a non-stick pan and still got a nice sear on the meat.

  • Clobberella422 Posted: 12/16/12
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    Very good and easy. I totally forgot about the thyme and it was still great. Perfect for a fall weeknight.

  • LoriAnn13460 Posted: 11/11/12
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    Very quick and tasty meal. I didn't have any coriander but it was wonderful just the same. Actually I can't imagine it being any better. I did add the pork into the apple shallot mixture for a few seconds instead of putting it on top. I served it with oven roasted potatoes and delicata squash.

  • bluekazoo Posted: 02/01/13
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    very, very quick and easy recipe. i used whatever pork i had in the freezer -- some kind of slightly thicker 'chop', so i just increased the cooking time by about a minute and a half. the spice mix is nice -- a little kick but not too much. the pork was very tender and juicy. the apple mixture is also very tasty. i gave this 4 stars (although it should really have 4.5 stars) because we all felt it needed a little more sweetness in the apple mix. On the second attempt, after removing it from the heat, i sprinkled it with a heaping 1/4 tsp. of brown sugar, and it was perfect. Also, the apples were a little too mushy with the recommended cooking time. i reduced it by by about a minute and it was much better. definitely now in the monthly rotation. :)

  • hauntedcastles Posted: 11/03/12
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    This dish is amazing so quick and easy to make with lots of lovely flavours through it. I am going to make it this evening whilst entertaining guests. Im sure it will go down well with everyone. I will serve it with baby potatoes and roasted peppers, carrots and parsnips. I highly recommend anyone to try it.

  • valthepal6 Posted: 11/08/12
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    Delicious and oh so easy! A perfect fall dish. I rounded mine out with roasted asparagus and mashed sweet potatoes.

  • WendyKO Posted: 03/12/13
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    Very good. The butter gives it a richness you wouldn't expect and is it still low in calories!

  • dawnkreidler Posted: 02/04/13
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    This is one of the best pork recipes I have ever made. It was delicious. The pork was tender and the flavors outstanding. Will make this again and again.

  • Jadeeyes Posted: 01/29/13
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    Very yummy! Didn't look as lucious as the picture.but is definitely worth making.a big hit!

  • ktleyed Posted: 10/08/12
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    This was very tasty and easy, everyone liked it. Served with parmesan pototaoes and steamed spinach.

  • daneanp Posted: 11/08/12
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    This was pretty good and very easy to prepare. I think I'd just use some bone-in pork chops next time though.

  • 104jewel Posted: 10/12/12
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    this recipe made a fruit lover out of me. Quick, easy and delicious! Pork is super tender and a new combination for the pork "rub" that is really delightful. Breaking w/ cooking light, I did double the spice mix and added a light dash of olive oil to the skillet prior to cooking the pork. Try this dish you will not be sorry. Thanks cooking light!

  • taylor011302 Posted: 02/06/14
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    We love it, fast, easy and low calorie, I have a hot apple cider drink I keep in the house,when I need some for this recipe, I make a cup, use what I need and drink the rest.

  • RebeccaChappell Posted: 11/09/13
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    This recipe was okay. I was expecting more. I would have preferred it with the apples peeled as the skins seemed a little tough (I used Gala apples); however, I loved the flavor of the apples with shallots and thyme. I just wish it had more sauce for the pork which I thought needed a little bit more of a glaze on it. My R/M thought the spices were strange on the pork.

  • jb1234 Posted: 11/26/13
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    Excellent! We will definitely be making this again!

  • marieclaude5 Posted: 08/21/13
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    amazing and very quick! worthy of company.

  • HarliRose Posted: 07/20/13
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    Beyond awesome! Seasonings were perfect. Apple mixture was perfect. Super easy to make and got rave reviews from my husband.

  • Omimiof6 Posted: 12/01/13
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    I made this recipe twice now. The first time I made a meal for two with thick pork chops. I had to do a lot of substitutions (cinnamon =cinnamon sugar, coriander = apple pie spice, cider = apple jelly and water) and the apple was not the best, but it turned out fabulously. The next time I had purchased all the seasoning I did not have and apple cider. I fed 8 people, 4 of them very ravenous teenagers. So I bought a 5 lb tenderloin, carved it into 16 slices and proceeded according to the recipe, except I heeded other reviewers and made a lot more spice rub and let the choplets marinate in the rub while I chopped the rest of the stuff. The sheer volume was too much in the pan and did not brown properly. But the taste was wonderful and even the picky eaters loved it. I served it with 2 boxes of wild rice mix and a big southwestern salad. No leftovers. I am already looking forward to making this again for just us two, this time using all the right ingredients. A keeper.

  • smacchia Posted: 01/03/14
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    Just outstanding. Used organic apple juice instead of cider because it was what I had. Just delicious!

  • elenaash Posted: 02/14/14
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    Excellent. Wonderful flavors, so easy to make. Makes an elegant dinner that is deceptively easy. Definitely a keeper.

  • Bselder1958 Posted: 10/06/13
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    It is a good thing I doubled this recipe since we ended up inviting our neighbors to stay for dinner. Not one bite was left! I fixed exactly as directed and served with garlic mashed potatoes and string beans.

  • LdrCooks Posted: 11/25/13
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    Wonderful seasonal dish. The shallot and apple combination was just lovely over the spiced pork. I took the advice of another review and doubled the spices, which is a must do! I didn't have coriander (so I subbed tarragon), and I didn't have apple cider (so I subbed a little water and raw sugar), and even with these changes the meal was delicious!

  • Jazzy1 Posted: 01/25/14
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    I loved the combination of pork and apples. This made a great supper, and my husband loved it. I substituted equal parts of white wine and chicken stock for the apple cider. The flavors were great.

  • Recabecabooboo Posted: 10/21/13
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    I did not have apple cider so I used a little water and a pinch of sugar. It came out great! Next time I will increase the amount of spice, shallots and apples. Excellent quick dish!

  • Eggcellent Posted: 10/01/13
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    This was AWESOME. One of my children usually won't like something but they sucked this down like a Hoover Vacuum. Definitely a do over.....

  • Kischroe Posted: 03/15/14
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    Delicious and pretty easy to make and clean-up

  • jenorman19 Posted: 11/09/13
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    Great flavor! Will make again!

  • ckbriscoe Posted: 11/12/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Wonderful!!! Simple and just delicious!!!

  • johnandmeg Posted: 11/15/13
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Great flavors everything went so well together. A break from a normal routine!

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