Pork and Apples with Cider Cream Sauce

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 6 servings

Pork tenderloin medallions cook quickly in a creamy sauce.

Pork and Apples with Cider Cream Sauce
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Be sure to use heavy cream in the sauce instead of milk or half-and-half as they will curdle.

Ingredients

Pork:
2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 12 (2-inch thick) slices (medallions)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Apples:
2 tablespoons butter
3 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled and thickly sliced
2 medium shallots, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sauce:
1/2 cup apple cider
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. To prepare pork, place medallions in between sheets of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet or a heavy skillet, flatten each piece to an even thickness of about 1/4 inch. Remove plastic wrap and season both sides of medallions with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a 12-inch sauté pan or skillet over high heat. Add vegetable oil. When oil starts to smoke, place half the meat into pan and sauté on both sides until well browned and thoroughly cooked. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with remaining meat.
  3. To prepare apples, reheat pan over high heat. Add butter. When hot, add apples, shallots, rosemary, sugar and salt. Sauté until apples are golden brown and tender, about 8 minutes, shaking pan occasionally.
  4. To prepare sauce, add cider, broth and rosemary to pan. Cook, whisking to scrape up any browned bits, over high heat, about 5 minutes. Add heavy cream; reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture thickens to sauce consistency, 5 to 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Return apples and pork to the pan. Simmer several minutes.

Recipe by Chef Chris Koetke.

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