I hope today finds you fully recovered from Thanksgiving festivities and calories! I do enjoy a good turkey sandwich and the trimmings once, even twice after the holiday. But then I hit the wall and crave something flavorful, easy (since I’m still tired from all the cooking) and full filling. This recipe originates from Country Living magazine and has been a hit with family and friends each time I prepare it. It’s also easy enough for me to prepare it for just Lyn and myself on a cool, late fall evening.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Glaze
- 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, rimmed
- 6 shallots, quartered
- ½ cup golden raisins
- 3 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (5-6 sprigs)
- Pinch of ground cloves
- ¾ cup apple cider, or unfiltered apple juice
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 McIntosh apples, peeled and chopped
Rinse pork, pat dry, and place in zip top heavy-duty plastic bag, or shallow dish.
Stir together shallots and next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour over pork, cover or seal and chill at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
Preheat oven to 375°. Remove pork from marinade, reserving marinade. Sprinkle pork evenly with ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Cook in hot oil in a large oven proof skillet over medium high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove pork, and add butter to skillet, stirring until melted. Add apples and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in reserved marinade. Bring to a boil, and boil 2 minutes, stirring often. Return pork to skillet.
Bake at 375° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155°, basting occasionally. Remove pork from skillet; tent with aluminum foil, and let stand 5 minutes or until thermometer registers 160°. Stir remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper into apple cider glaze in skillet. Slice pork and serve immediately with glaze and apples.
Serves: 6-8 servings
The race is on to begin my Christmas shopping. The tree and decorations are up and I hope to enjoy a few days of sipping cocoa by the fire enjoying the Christmas tree. Take time to stop and smell the peppermint and evergreens!