Maple Pork Tenderloin Fillet with Caramelized Apples

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You guys, I’ve been holding out on you again. I’ve been making this for a month, and it’s Mike’s new favourite thing to eat, and the only reason I haven’t been sharing the love is because most (OK all) of the times I’ve made it I’ve been on TV (this is what I was doing in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Vancouver… playing with pig across Western Canada). Every time I make it elicits groans and eye-rolling (in a good way) among camera crews, hosts and all who crawl out of the woodwork when there’s food to be had. It’s really just delicious, and amazingly simple to make. From start to finish it took me under 15 minutes. I served it with boiled new potatoes and the last of the greens still clinging to life in the garden. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I can no longer walk out there with the salad bowl, fill it and bring it back to the table.

So – what’s a pork tenderloin fillet, you ask? It’s something I’m amazed no one came up with eons ago – a halved (crosswise) pork tenderloin that’s been butterflied, so that it resembles a chicken breast in size, shape and thickness, making it faster and easier to cook, on account of it being thinner and far more even. (Pork tenderloins tend to taper on both ends, making them uneven to cook – the ends are well done by the time the middle is cooked through – not that I ever minded, really, but some might.) Anyway, it’s a nice neat little package of meat to cook on the stove top and is just enough for two or three. To make this particular dish, you heat a bit of oil and a bit of butter (one to handle the heat, the other to add flavour) and cook the tenderloin fillet, dousing it in freshly ground pepper and fresh thyme. Then you set it aside, toss a sliced apple into the pan and swirl it around, softening and caramelizing it while loosening up all the browned bits in the bottom of the pan, and then you add a squirt of grainy mustard, a dribble of maple syrup and a splash of cream and wow – it morphs, with those little browned bits, into the most amazing sauce you may have ever had (assuming you’ve never been to Paris, of course) which you then pour over the pork and bring to the table. For years I’ve been making this more labour-intensive version of maple pork tenderloin with apples, and I can’t believe how much more streamlined this is.

It’s a Maple Leaf recipe that was originally intended for a large pork roast, which it’s awkward to cook in real time on TV, and besides – I wanted to show off this new fillet. Maple Leaf is also running a food blogger-inspired pork recipe contest – food bloggers from across Canada are posting their pork recipes with photos. There are 22 recipes posted now, including Slow Cooker Five-Spice Pork, Pork Tenderloin with Spiced Quinoa, Jack Daniels Pork Medallions and Honey Garlic Fried Pork Back Ribs– all of which are now poised at the top of my must-make list. You can go vote on your favourite and they’ll give you a coupon for 50% off Prime Pork – a pretty sweet deal on some mighty fine meat.

Maple Pork Tenderloin Fillet with Caramelized Apples

AuthorJulie

1 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
1 Tbsp. butter
1 package Maple Leaf Prime tenderloin fillet
Freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tart apple, cored and sliced
1-2 tsp. grainy mustard
2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 cup half & half or coffee cream

1

In a heavy skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pork tenderloin filet generously with pepper and thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden and just cooked through (the middle should reach 160F). Transfer to a plate and set aside.

2

Sauté the apples in the pan for a few minutes, until starting to soften and turn golden. Add the mustard, maple syrup and cream and cook, stirring, until the mixture is well blended, comes to a simmer and thickens. Pour the apples and sauce over the pork and serve immediately.

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Ingredients

 1 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
 1 Tbsp. butter
 1 package Maple Leaf Prime tenderloin fillet
 Freshly ground pepper
 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
 1 tart apple, cored and sliced
 1-2 tsp. grainy mustard
 2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup
 1/2 cup half & half or coffee cream

Directions

1

In a heavy skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pork tenderloin filet generously with pepper and thyme and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until golden and just cooked through (the middle should reach 160F). Transfer to a plate and set aside.

2

Sauté the apples in the pan for a few minutes, until starting to soften and turn golden. Add the mustard, maple syrup and cream and cook, stirring, until the mixture is well blended, comes to a simmer and thickens. Pour the apples and sauce over the pork and serve immediately.

Maple Pork Tenderloin Fillet with Caramelized Apples
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17 comments on “Maple Pork Tenderloin Fillet with Caramelized Apples

  1. molly
    September 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    Oh, HECK yeah!! We adore a similar version, with apple cider instead of the maple. Shall try the maple.

    And caramelized apples are dreamy, no? I stumbled on an Andreas Vilsted version with a Tablespoon of minced Rosemary tossed into the butter, to crisp up and infuse the oil at the outset and then freckle the apples when they go in, and heaven help me, it is addictive. Not to complicate things. Just, you know, in case the Rosemary lasts longer than the salad greens 🙂

  2. JulieVR
    September 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I haven’t been able to find rosemary for my garden! but thanks for the reminder – there’s rosemary in my old recipe, and you’re right – it would totally go with this!

  3. Jan @ Family Bites
    September 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I have a pork tenderloin in the fridge and now I know what to do with it. Yum…

  4. Denese
    September 22, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Is there any way to access the contest recipes other than via Facebook?

  5. JulieVR
    September 22, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Denese – not that I know of, sorry! Can you not access it if you’re not on Facebook?

  6. Food
    September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    It’s such a shame I’ll completely miss this as I’m not on Facebook. Couldn’t access the voting nor any of the recipes.

  7. Laurie in Burnaby
    September 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Well, I’ll miss out, too.
    This is an excellent recipe, Julie. 🙂
    I love pork, and was wanting a new way to cook it.
    Thank you so much.

    Laurie

  8. Lana in South Mountain (ON)
    September 24, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Yep- am making this over the coming weekend as we have a trip to an apple orchard planned. Perfect!

  9. Barb
    September 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Ooooo I have some pork tenderloin in the freezer that will end up this way in the next few days. I need to get some cream I guess. Brilliant recipe.

  10. Cari
    September 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Yet another amazing looking meal Julie!

  11. Julianne (Kitchen Ninja)
    September 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I made this the other night and I cannot get over how fantastic it was! And the whole loin fillet thing? Sheer genius. Keep ’em coming, Julie!

  12. Sharon
    November 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    The source of this recipe? A very old idea of back bacon, onion and apples, sauteed together with some herb you like. Anything else is gilding the lily. Although, I’m happy to have had this version of Julie’s three times now since she posted it. I buy a loin and butterfly it. Pork is on sale like mad here, still into November.

  13. Rob
    December 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Just wondering how to proceed with some deer tenderloin I have waiting to go. They’re just a little smaller than pork but should cook up just as well with this recipe. Anyone tried it?

  14. Carol
    June 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Made this last night – it was amazing! Every plate was scraped totally clean 🙂
    thank you for posting this!

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