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Spiced Walnut Pork Tenderloin

From: Recipe Challenge Winners

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Serves 4


A Runner-Up in the 2009 Diamond Recipe Challenge.


  • For Pork:
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ cup of finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp of spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz of pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups peeled, diced apple (Granny Smith works well)
  • 3 Tbsp of chopped shallots
  • For gravy:
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • salt and pepper


1.) Preheat oven to 400 F
2.) Combine all ingredients, excluding the pork tenderloin and diced apple, in a mixing bowl. Coat the pork tenderloin with the sauce making sure walnuts adhere to the top of the pork.
3.) Place in a greased baking dish. Surround the pork tenderloin with the sliced apples and remaining glaze.
4.) Bake at 400 F in the over for 15 minutes uncovered.
5.) Reduce the temperature to 350 F and cover the the dish with aluminum foil. Continue to cook for another 40 to 45 minutes the, or until the meat it is cooked thoroughly.
6.) Remove the pork tenderloin from the oven and allow the meat to rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
7.) While the meat is resting, prepare the gravy by melting butter and flour together in a saucepan. Once the butter and flour have combined to form a roux, add the chicken stock, applesauce, and pan drippings (including apples) from the baking dish. Stir until combined.
8.) Slice the pork tenderloin into 1-inch thick medallions and serve with the gravy.

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