Tender pork is stuffed with a colorful mix of dried fruit and herbs and cooked in a small amount of apple cider. Slow cooking your entrée frees your oven for other things.
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup dried fruit mix, chopped (we tested with Mariani Harvest Medley)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon leaf sage, crushed
3/4 cup soft breadcrumbs (homemade)
2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider
Hot cooked long-grain and wild rice
How to Make It
Sauté celery and onion in 1 tablespoon hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add dried fruit, and sauté 5 minutes or until onion is almost tender. Stir in salt, rosemary, and sage, and sauté 1 minute. Remove from heat, and stir in breadcrumbs.
Butterfly each tenderloin by making a lengthwise cut down center of 1 flat side, cutting to within 1/2" of other side. From bottom of cut, slice horizontally to 1/2" from left side; repeat procedure to right side.
Spoon half of fruit mixture down center of 1 tenderloin, gently pressing with fingertips. Bring up sides of tenderloin, and tie at 1 1/2" intervals with string. Repeat procedure with remaining tenderloin and fruit mixture.
Brown tenderloins in 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place tenderloins in a 4 1/2-quart electric slow cooker. Pour cider over tenderloins. Cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce to LOW and cook 1 1/2 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of tenderloin registers 160°.
Remove tenderloins to a serving platter. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Pour juices through a wire-mesh strainer over slices. Serve with long-grain and wild rice.
Christmas with Southern Living 2002
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