Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Baked Pork Tenderloin with Apple Glaze

I love the classic combination of pork and apples.  I use it all the time in new ways.  While I was at the grocery store, I saw huge bottles of fresh apple cider:  the first sign of fall.  I knew I had to buy one and use it with a pork recipe.  That is when I decided to make a juicy tender pork tenderloin with a sweet and spicy (just a little) apple glaze.  The result was the most amazing fall meal.  I served mine with the perfect fall side: Butternut Squash Gratin with Apples and Leeks.

So juicy and tender
2-1lb pork tenderloins
1/2tsp onion powder
1/2tsp garlic powder
1tsp salt
2tsp paprika
1/4tsp cayenne
2c + 1/2c apple cider reserved
1/2c alcoholic apple cider, ie. Woodchuck (omit if you don't have it)
1/2c apple cider vinegar
1tsp vanilla
1/4c honey
3/4c packed brown sugar
1/2tsp red pepper flakes
1tsp cinnamon
2tsp dry yellow mustard
1/2tsp garlic powder
1tbs cornstarch mixed with 2tbs cold water, if needed

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Make spice rub with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, paprika and cayenne.  Rub over the tender loins evenly and let sit 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, add 2c apple cider, 1/2c Woodchuck, 1/2c apple cider vinegar, 1/4c honey, vanilla, 3/4c brown sugar, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, dry mustard and garlic powder.  Season with salt.  Bring to a boil and continue to boil until reduced to 1/3 (takes 30-40 minutes).  To thicken the glaze, add 1tbs cornstarch mixed with some cold water and continue to boil a few minutes longer.  Taste.
3. Make a foil pouch:  Add the tenderloins.  Then pour 1/2c apple cider into the pouch and seal tightly.  Cook for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 160F.  Remove from the oven, place the oven rack 4-6" from the heat source and turn to broil.  Brush the tenderloins with a generous amount of glaze and place under the broiler until the tops start to caramelize, about 3-5minutes.  Remove, let set a few minutes then slice into 1" rounds.  Serve with extra apple glaze.

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