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Pork Tenderloin with Sauteed Apples and Leeks


Broiled pork tenderloin gets tender and tasty in the blink of an eye; a side of cooked apples is gussied up with leeks, sherry vinegar, and honey.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: José Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Everyday Food, October 2007


  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total), trimmed of excess fat and silver skin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 leeks, white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 3 Gala apples, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices and halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or red-wine vinegar


  1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. On a broilerproof rimmed baking sheet, rub pork with 1 tablespoon oil; generously season with salt and pepper. Broil, until pork registers 145 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest, 10 minutes (temperature will rise about 5 degrees as it sits).

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining tablespoon oil over medium. Add leeks and fennel seeds; cook, stirring occaionally, until leeks are tender, about 6 minutes. Add apples, and cook, tossing, until just beginning to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in honey and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Thinly slice pork, and serve with apples and leeks.

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  • kutest
    30 JAN, 2012
    This was super easy and good. We served with steamed asparagus and crispy potatoes. Vicki370, the braised pork shoulder recipe uses fennel and is absolutely amazing!
  • Vicki370
    11 FEB, 2009
    The apples are interesting and a good compliment to the pork. I broiled the pork and it took just 15 minutes to cook. It was still pink, but read 145 degrees on my instant read thermometer, I did not have red wine vinegar, so I used white wine vinegar. Now I need more recipes for the fennel seeds I bought.
  • pattybrennan
    6 FEB, 2009
    This was my first try at pork tenderloin, it was still pink and I had to keep putting it back in the oven, meanwhile I scorched the leeks, oops, and luckily I added fried potatoes to the menu. It was really a failure, but on my part, I plan to keep trying.
  • smd1227
    2 FEB, 2009
    This was deliciousl We grilled the tenderloin instead of broiling it. The charcoal flavor was outstanding with the apples and leeks.
  • prlgrl
    17 OCT, 2008
    This was terrific and easy. I served it with a simple side of seasoned, steamed green beans. It's great for a weeknight because it's so quick to fix...makes it very easy to entertain during the work week.
  • TexasNantz
    4 JAN, 2008
    This was spectacular! I served this with the Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe from this site. Just a perfect fall meal. I did add chili powder and a little cayenne to the sweet potatoes. It was also good as leftovers the next day!