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Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Fennel Ragout


Pork tenderloin is flavored with grainy and Dijon mustards, then roasted with apricots, shallots, fennel, and cognac. Serve with our Herbed Wild Rice and Roasted Squash Wedges.

  • Servings: 4
pork tenderloin with apricot fennel ragout

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2001


  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Two 12-ounce pork tenderloins, tied with twine
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 4 large (or 8 medium) shallots, ends trimmed, peeled, and quartered
  • 1 small fennel bulb, greens trimmed, cut into thin slices
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
  • 12 dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, plus more for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine mustards. Salt and pepper the pork; rub with mustards; sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Pat coating. Set aside.

  2. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil. Sear pork, turning, until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside. Add remaining oil and butter to pan. Add shallots and fennel. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup stock; cook until liquid evaporates, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Return pork to pan; add apricots, 1/2 cup stock, and cognac. Roast in oven, stirring vegetables, until pork registers 160 degrees, about 20 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board; place pan over medium-low heat. Add remaining stock and thyme; stir, loosening brown bits from bottom. Simmer 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; slice pork. Serve with vegetables and sauce. Garnish with thyme.

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  • pomdecouer
    14 DEC, 2010
    anyone skip the cognac on this? cognac grosses me out. (i'm not 12, by the way. just not a fan.)