Seared Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Broccoli

It’s so so so so sososososo fall right now.

SO fall. And I seriously c.a.n.n.o.t. soak it up enough. I know I’m probably annoying the tar out of you guys with my constant Instagram fall nature pictures, but I can’t heeeeeeelp it. Everywhere I look I’m like HOW IS THAT TREE EVEN DOING THAT.




Okay so apples. I’m not normally an apple person. You know how people bite straight into a whole apple and chomp-a-romp (and let’s be honest here, it’s really kind of gross because a bite that big can only result in open chomping, and most likely spit in the corners of mouths, and frankly nothing good can come from this.) Not only can I not handle that sort of riff raff, I also can’t bite into a whole apple for serious and intense medical reasons. It makes the roof of my mouth itch. And bumpy I think. And then I feel my front teeth start to itch. And then my nose cartilage burns. And I sneeze. A lot. And then my face starts to water and I complain about mascara runnage and the whole day is just over.

Stupid apples.

BUT! If you slice them delicately and present them to me on a tray of rare woven bamboo leaves imported from the Himalayas, I’m all good.


Or sautéed in a skillet with spiced pork, shallots, apple cider and broccoli. That’s okay too.

You know how some pork tenderloins come already marinated in something? Dudes, I picked up the mapley appley bourbony (or whatever?) one, and that decision seriously rivals the magnitude of my wedding day.

No really, ask Aaron.

Wait, don’t.

Alright! So jump on the hay wagon and get your mouth fall’d this weekend.

How ’bout them apples?! (ew, sorry)

Seared Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Broccoli:

(adapted from Cooking Light)

What it took for 4:

* 1 apple bourbon pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and sliced into 1-inch pieces
* 2 tsp cinnamon
* 1 tsp nutmeg
* 2 tsp ground coriander
* 2 Tbs. butter
* 2 apples (I think mine were gala?), thinly sliced
* 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
* 1/4 cup apple cider
* 2 heads broccoli, florets separated
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 small sprig of fresh thyme

In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, ground coriander and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle both sides of the sliced pork with the spice mixture.

Heat a cast iron (or large skillet) over medium high. Sear the pork for about 3 minutes on each side, until cooked through and browned all over. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.

Back in the pan, add the butter and melt. Add the shallots and sauté until they start to soften, 2 minutes. Add the apples and broccoli to the pan, continuing to sauté until another 2 minutes. Add the apple cider and sauté two more minutes, or until everything is so glorious you need to rest. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Nestle the pork back in (with the accumulating juices) and cook about a minute longer, incorporating the flavors.

Serve dish garnished with fresh thyme leaves!

* You could even serve this over cooked egg noodles or some good crusty bread. I just forgot because my yard was on fire. *

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33 Responses to Seared Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Broccoli

  1. Rachel Cooks October 19, 2012 at 8:15 am #
    YUM! Love the addition of apples!
  2. Heather @ Heather's Dish October 19, 2012 at 8:30 am #
    i am craaaaaaaaaaaaaving broccoli now! but only if it looks like yours...
  3. Katie October 19, 2012 at 8:38 am #
    One skillet dinners are my LIFE. You win.
  4. Mike October 19, 2012 at 8:38 am #
    I'm going to have to unfriend you on Facebook if you don't stop posting things like this. You've ruing my PB&J lunch.
  5. Amy October 19, 2012 at 9:03 am #
    *jumps on hay wagon* Yeehaw! Mike ^^^^ LOL.
  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite October 19, 2012 at 9:20 am #
    I love everything about this dish! The cast iron skillet makes everything easier!
  7. Karly October 19, 2012 at 9:56 am #
    Whole apples make my teeth itch, too. It's a real medical issue and I think we should probably start a support group. I nominate you to be the leader, because, frankly, support groups are probably a lot of work and I'm sorta lazy.
  8. Abby@ Totes Delish October 19, 2012 at 10:03 am #
    I don't love eating whole apples either, it's just hard work man! This looks divine, all fall up in here!
  9. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel October 19, 2012 at 11:40 am #
    Oh this reminds me of your email - the whole mouth itching thing from apples. I found out it's not apples that cause this!! It's a birch allergy because my hubs has it too. But seriously still annoying you can't enjoy an apple without all of that. Lovely mix of flavors here!
  10. Cassie October 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm #
    My mom has this thing with certain foods just have to pair together - apples + pork is one combination that is a MUST for her. This is perfection!
  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition October 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm #
    Lovin' those fall spices! I'm really into apples. And I'd be into leaves changing colors too, if I didn't live in stupid California, where our only seasons are "hot as bawls" and "torrential downpour"!!!
  12. carrian October 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm #
    Yes, that does sound fantastic and the photo is lovely.
  13. Julie @ Table for Two October 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm #
    love the combination of apples and pork! mmm fall!
  14. Sheila October 20, 2012 at 8:49 am #
    Nothing is better than pork with apples...."pork chawps and apple saaawws"
  15. Kari@Loaves and Dishes October 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm #
    I love biting into whole apples, taking a giant crispy bite...and the chomping just adds to the joy of apple eating. I don't even mind listening to another's apple chomping, as long as there is no smacking, I abhor smacking. Love that you lightened up this yummy pork dish!
  16. Stephanie October 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm #
    Apples and pork are b.f.f.s!
  17. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl October 21, 2012 at 9:16 am #
    Finally - someone else on team Gala!
  18. Michelle October 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm #
    Not only did this make my house smell great, but it tasted wonderful too.
  19. Homer Glen Inspections October 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm #
    I am loving the versatility of those pork tenderloins these days!
  20. Jen November 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm #
    Made this for dinner tonite. One of the best things I have cooked in quite a while! Thank you!
  21. Jennifer October 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm #
    I made this last night. The only changes I made were to peel the apples (prefer the texture of that) and add sage from my garden. WE LOVED IT! Thank you.


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