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Calvados-Braised Pork Tenderloin Roast with Peppered Apple & Onion Gravy
Courtesy of National Pork Board
Prep Time: 60 Min.
Cook Time: 30 Min.
What you need:
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+ 2 pork tenderloin, (12 oz.)
+ 1/2 c. flour
+ 1-1/2 tsp. onion salt
+ 1/2 tsp. garlic pepper
+ 2 Tbsp. olive oil
+ 2 Tbsp. butter
+ 2 medium shallots, peeled and finely minced
+ 1/3 c. Calvados, (apple brandy) or apple cider
+ 2 sprigs thyme
+ 1/4 c. apple cider
Apple and Onion Gravy:
+ 1 large Granny Smith apple, or Pippin apple, peeled , cored and chopped
+ 1 small white onion, peeled and chopped
+ 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. pepper
+ 1 c. chicken broth
+ 4 sprigs fresh thyme
+ 2 Tbsp. Calvados (apple brandy) or apple cider brandy
+ 1 Tbsp. water, cold
+ 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
+ 1/4 c. heavy cream
+ salt, (optional)
+ pepper, (optional)
What to do:
1. Heat oven to 425°F. Combine flour and all-purpose seasoning in pie plate. Coat tenderloins with flour mixture; shake off excess flour and set aside.
2. Melt 1 Tbsp. oil in Dutch oven or large, heavy oven-safe skillet **, sear pork over medium-high heat for 2-3 min. or until all sides are lightly brown. Transfer tenderloin to a platter. Repeat with remaining oil and tenderloin. Set tenderloins aside.
3. Return pan or skillet to medium heat. Add butter and shallots; cook for one minute until shallots are fragrant. Remove pan or skillet from heat; stir in Calvados and add thyme. Return pan or skillet to heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 c. apple cider.
4. Return pork to pan or skillet (turning a couple of times to glaze with Calvados mixture) and roast, uncovered, for 20 to 25 min. until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145°F. followed by a 3-min. rest time. While cooking, turn the tenderloins a couple of times to ensure even roasting.
5. Transfer to a heated platter and tent with foil. Place Dutch oven or skillet back onto stovetop over medium heat and melt butter. Add apples and onion, scraping off browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with pepper and cook for 5 min., stirring occasionally. Spoon onto a plate and once again return pan or skillet to stove.
6. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil along with thyme and Calvados. Cook for 3-4 min. until reduced by a third or to 2/3 c. Remove thyme. Mix together with the water and cornstarch and slowly whisk into gravy. Slowly stir in cream; cook and stir over medium-low heat for 1 min. Add apple/onion mixture; cook and stir for 1 min. more. Season with salt and pepper or additional seasoning salt, if desired.
** If you do not have a Dutch oven or oven-safe skillet, sear the tenderloin in a large heavy skillet, then transfer the tenderloin to a baking pan.
* Recipe and photo courtesy of National Pork Board. For more recipes visit: www.PorkBeInspired.com