Thursday, October 4, 2012

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples in Cider Sauce

Fall is finally here, and our leaves are starting  to turn vibrant colors.  I was afraid that because of the drought, that the leaves wouldn't be pretty this year, but Mother Nature came through. One thing that Fall means to me is apple cider, so we went to the local apple orchard extravaganza last weekend. We didn't pick apples, so there aren't any pictures of the orchards.  There were so many people there, but it was a perfect Fall Day, cool and crisp. but sunny! We did buy apple cider however, at $6.99 for half a gallon, which  is  pretty pricey. They do have wonderful Apple Cider doughnuts though in their restaurant, and many gift shops.

I took the above picture  through the car windshield going to the orchard.

Now I finally had apple cider.  I knew exactly how to use some of it, so we made Pork Tenderloin on the rotisserie, and then I made a Cider Sauce  with Sauteed Apples. You can also roast your pork tenderloin in the oven.  Marvelous!  Pork and apples go together, and the sauce complements the pork so well.  Besides the apple cider the sauce has spices, herbs, onions and garlic. The cider sauce comes together quickly, and who doesn't love apples. What do you like to make with apples or apple cider? You won't be disappointed, if you try this recipe. 

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Cider Sauce
 Adapted From Je Mange La Ville

2 cups apple cider
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
3/4 cup chopped onion
6 whole allspice
3 large fresh thyme sprigs (or a big rosemary sprig, which is what I used)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp unsalted butter or Smart Balance
2 cooking apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
1Tbsp Smart Balance or butter
2 16 ounce pork tenderloins, well trimmed
Olive oil
2 Rosemary sprigs
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper

Mix first eight ingredients in medium saucepan. Boil, and reduce heat to simmer until mixture is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20-30 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, in small fry pan, sauté sliced apples in Smart Balance or butter until just tender.

Strain sauce pressing on solids to extract liquid. Discard solids.  Stir in sautéed apples. Whisk in the butter and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Set aside

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Rub pork with olive oil, salt and pepper generously and coat with the minced garlic and rosemary.

Brown on all sides in a oven-proof pan. Finish roasting in the preheated oven, 20-22 minutes or until the pork reaches 145 degrees.

Cover with foil and let rest 15 minutes.  (We cooked our Pork Tenderloin on the rotisserie of our grill.)  Serve sauce with apples over the meat.  

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  1. One of the only meats my family isn't fond of, but I bet this one will change their minds. Perfect fall dish!

    1. Claudia,

      I hope that your family changes their mind about pork Tenderloin. It is low fat and easy to prepare!

  2. What a perfect Fall dinner - lots of great flavors - lovely photos!
    mary x

    1. Mary,
      This dish does have great flavors, especially in the Sauce, which you could almost drink, so good!

  3. Where were you? It looks like the kind of place my parents might enjoy and I want to tell them about it. The colors up there are definitely gorgeous and I've been curious as to how far ahead of me you guys were, so thanks. :)

    The only meat that I really like any kind of fruit with is pork and this looks absolutely delicious. I love the idea of the cider sauce, even if the cider was pricey.

    1. Christiane,
      We were at Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park. I'll send you an email with info. This place is unbelievable! It has quadrupled in size.

      I think that are colors are more vibrant, than previous years, and we had a drought.

      I hope that you like this recipe with Apples and Cider Sauce. It's so good, but then I love apples.

  4. I bet that cider sauce is such a stunner my friend, lovely dish :)

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      This is so good with the apple cider fresh herbs, and spices, which go so well with the pork.

  5. Cider sauce sounds amazing, and pork with apple is a delicious combination. Great recipe!

    1. Medeja,
      This sauce is so good, and combined with apples and herbs is a winning combination.

  6. Oh Becky! Pork and apples go together so nice don't they? This dish looks to die for, how lovely!!1

    1. Raven,
      Yes, pork and apples do go so well together, especially topped with the cider sauce.

  7. I am wild about the glorious colors of fall too. I tell folks God puts those gorgeous leaves within my sight because He knows I'm going to appreciate every one of them. WOW! Your photos are gorgeous and this dish sounds wonderful. How I love pork & apples cooked together! Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck.

  8. Mmmm just lovely - do you think you can smooth the sauce? It seems like a very thin sauce on the picture :)


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