Recipe Details

Calvados-Braised Pork Tenderloin Roast with Peppered Apple & Onion Gravy

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 - 8


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


2 pork tenderloin, (12-ounce)
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons Alpine Touch All-Purpose Seasoning, *
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium shallots, peeled and finely minced
1/3 cup Calvados, (apple brandy) OR apple cider
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup apple cider

Apple And Onion Gravy:

2 tablespoons butter
1 large Granny Smith apple, OR Pippin apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 small white onion, peeled and chopped
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup chicken broth
4 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons Calvados, (apple brandy) or apple cider
1 tablespoon water, cold
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt, (optional)
pepper, (optional)

Cooking Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine flour and all-purpose seasoning in pie plate. Coat tenderloins with flour mixture; shake off excess flour and set aside.
Melt 1 tablespoon oil in Dutch oven or large, heavy oven-safe skillet**, sear pork over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until all sides are lightly brown. Transfer tenderloin to a platter. Repeat with remaining oil and tenderloin. Set tenderloins aside.

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 skillt to heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for two minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup apple cider.

Return pork to pan or skillet (turning a couple of times to glaze with Calvados mixture) and roast, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees F, followed by a 3-minute rest time. While cooking, turn the tenderloins a couple of times to ensure even roasting.

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 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon onto a plate and once again return pan or skillet to stove.

Add chicken stock and bring to a boil along with thyme and Calvados. Cook for 3-4 minutes until reduced by a third or to 2/3 cup. 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 minute. Add apple/onion mixture; cook and stir for 1 minute more.  Season with salt and pepper or additional seasoning salt, if desired.

Serves 6-8.

* Visit to purchase Alpine® Touch All-Purpose Seasoning. Or substitute 1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt plus 1/2 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend for the 2 teaspoons Alpine® Touch All-Purpose Seasoning.

** 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.

Serving Suggestions

Recipe from Michaela Rosenthal, winner of The National Pork Board’s “America’s Favorite Family Recipes Contest” in celebration of National Eat Dinner Together Week.

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About the Cut: Tenderloin

The tenderloin comes from the full pork loin. As the name indicates, the tenderloin is one of the most tender cuts of pork. Typically, pork tenderloin weighs between ¾ and 1 ½ pounds.

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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Sealed, prepacked fresh pork cuts can be kept in the refrigerator 2 to 4 days.  If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer than 2 to 3 days before cooking it, store it well-wrapped in the freezer.

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Butcher's Tips

Pork tenderloin makes an elegant entrée for a small dinner party but also can be roasted or grilled whole for quick weeknight dinner. When sliced crosswise (like a loaf of French bread), the resulting medallions also may be sautéed.

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