Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples*

Jorge and I are leaving for New York City tomorrow — at 4:30 in the morning — and we wanted a healthy, fast dinner before we gorge ourselves on every single thing in our path. I have like 11 bakeries on our list…and we will only be there 4 days. And that is cutting it down from the original 24 bakeries that were recommended to me!

I feel like we could spend an entire year in NYC and still not have eaten everywhere. But don’t worry, I won’t kill myself in a sugar overload…we plan on walking as much as we can, ice skating at Rockefeller Center in front of the famous tree, shopping on 5th Avenue and catching a broadway play (Jorge’s favorite, Phantom of the Opera). I am going to be hauling around my big camera with me, so I hope to capture the true essence of NYC to share with all of you when we get back! :)

When I first tried this dish, I just wanted to curl up in it. It’s like a giant hot pan of comfort. I know it doesn’t look like much, but the thin sliced apples that have soaked up the apple cider and pork grease are pure heaven…and all the fall seasonings like cinnamon and cardamom makes it perfect for this time of year. It’s also done in under 30 minutes, Score!



Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples

Yield: serves 4


  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed & cut crosswise into 12 pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 Gala apple, unpeeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced


Preheat oven to 250°F.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and nutmeg. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of the pork.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet. Add pork to pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side, or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan and place on an oven safe dish. Keep pork warm in oven.

Melt remaning 2 tablespoons butter in skillet, scarping pan to get any pork pieces up. Add apple slices and shallots. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until apple starts to brown.

Add apple cider to pan, cook 3 minutes, or until apple slices are crisp-tender. Add pork back to the pan and toss to coat in sauce. Stir in thyme leaves and serve immediately.

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18 Responses to “Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples”

  1. 1

    Cathy @ Noble Pig — November 28, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    This looks amazing, so hearty and beautiful for Fall!

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    Coleen @ DNCWWO — November 29, 2012 @ 9:25 am

    Have fun in New York! I love Phantom of the Opera, too. I will definitely be trying this recipe!

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    Sues — November 29, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    That close-up is to-die-for. So good!!

    Have a blast in NYC!!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 29, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    This has me all sweaty. The good kind.

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — November 29, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    So excited for your trip to NYC!! I miss the city so much and want to get back there. Enjoy!!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — November 29, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    WHAT A STUNNING, stunning dish!! I love pork chops! Oh and nYC too of course :)

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    DessertForTwo — November 29, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Ahh! Perfect! I have a tenderloin to use and an apple staring at me! Thanks :)

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    DessertForTwo — November 29, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    ps I looooove Phantom! Saw it on Broadway when I was in highschool and I can still sing it like a crazy person!

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    Tina | My Life as a Mrs — November 29, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

    Pork + Apples = Heaven – this looks SO good! Have a great time in NYC!!!!!! I’m totally green with Envy! Until January… 😉

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — November 29, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    Apples and pork just go together. I can never get my pork to be juicy, so it helps hide the dryness in my case.

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    Erin — November 29, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    I am also leaving for NYC tomorrow at 4:30 am! I wish I knew which bakeries were on your list. I’m trying to plan which ones I’m going to hit up right now! Have a great trip!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 30, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I can almost smell it!! Great combo and have fun in NY!!

  13. 13

    Kelsey — December 1, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    This looks like the perfect dinner dish. I love these flavors!

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    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — December 1, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    Yum! Pork goes really well with apples, doesn’t it? This looks like a great meal to serve as the weather is getting colder!

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    Karly — December 2, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Oh, that looks gorgeous! I love your photos.

    Have fun in NYC!

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    Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey — December 3, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious and I love the flavor combination :)

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    Sweet y Salado — December 3, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    Pork tenderloin with apples in less than 30 minutes? WIN!

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