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 ApplesServes 4Recipe 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
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.