Savoring the Season: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

The pleasure of simple, warm comfort foods this time of year is irresistible. With cooler weather comes new cravings.  Cravings for heartier and more substantial dishes (think homemade mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, creamy soups, chicken pot pie and meat loaf).  We might crave comforting classic dishes but we don’t like piling on the pounds that can stick around long after the winter thaw.

This easy to prepare pork tenderloin is a one pot wonder.  The dish highlights the flavors of fall with warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander.  Add the sweetness of fresh apples, followed by a savory addition of shallots and thyme, and you have a feeling of satisfaction and comfort without guilt.

If you are thinking about cooking up some healthier options this holiday season consider adding this one to your recipe file.

Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples
Serves 4
Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-lb. pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 pieces
Cooking Spray
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled Braeburn or Gala apple
1/3 cup chopped shallots
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup apple cider or unprocessed apple juice
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1.  Heat a large heavy skillet  over medium high heat.  Combine first 5 ingredients; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork.  Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired doneness.  Remove pork from pan; keep warm.
2.  Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat.  Add apple slices, shallots, salt; saute 4 minutes or until apple starts to brown.  Add apple cider or juice to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until apple is crisp tender.  Stir in thyme leaves.  Serve apple mixture with the pork.


29 thoughts on “Savoring the Season: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

  1. The flavors in this dish must have smelled divine while cooking! Apples and pork are perfect partners and I love the spices you've added. Great comforting dish for cold winter days!


  2. Love the flavors in this poek dish Velva. Looks like it cooks up in a breeze too. Pork and Apples are theeeeee best!!! Thanks for sharing this warming recipe Velva…P.S. I took the Dark Chocolate Black Bean Brownies out of the oven about 10 minutes ago. I couldn't wait to try them and I must say, I dare anyone to say they weren't made with black beans! Indescribably delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe Velva. I'll be posting about them on Sunday because Monday just happens to be…Brownie Day!!!


  3. Hello Velva, love your pairing with pork and apples. I always like something a little sweet with my savoury pork and this dish sounds easy to prepare and comforting. I hope you are doing well. Take Care, BAM


  4. Simple healthy foods – your blog always has go-to recipes. Love it.I hope you are having a joyous season and staying warm. I may need to pick your brain for some gardening tips this upcoming year!


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