Enjoy this recipe recently featured in Clean Eating Magazine! Photo by Ronald Tsang.
Yield: 4 servings
Apples and Cabbage:
2 small apples (preferably Braeburn, Fuji, or Honeycrisp) (9-ounces) unpeeled, cored and diced medium (2 cups)
10-ounces purple cabbage, thinly sliced (3 packed cups)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 (3-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside.
1 pound pork tenderloin, silver skin removed (see note)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (approximately 3 (5-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary)
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley leaves, roughly chopped
¼ cup toasted pecan pieces
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, then preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Mix the salt, rosemary and pepper together in a small bowl.
Pat the tenderloin dry. Season the tenderloin (all sides) with the seasoning mixture.
Add the olive oil to a large, oven-safe sauté pan (large enough to accommodate the pork) and place over medium heat. Heat until hot, approximately 2 minutes.
Add the tenderloin and allow to cook for 2 minutes, undisturbed, until nicely seared. Using tongs, rotate the tenderloin ¼ turn and continue to sear, again for 2 minutes. Once seared, rotate again another ¼ turn and sear for another 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Upon rotating the tenderloin to the fourth and final side, hold the tenderloin off the pan with your tongs and insert the digital probe of an oven-safe meat thermometer from the end of the tenderloin lengthwise into the center. The tip of the probe must reach approximately halfway into the tenderloin.
Add the apple cabbage mixture to the pan and then replace the tenderloin in the pan (on top of the mixture) with the fourth and final side (which has not been seared yet) facing up, and transfer the sauté pan, uncovered, into the oven. Set the digital thermometer to 140ºF. (Note: keep apple cabbage bowl at the ready; do not wash.)
When the thermometer beeps, after about 20 minutes, transfer the tenderloin to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil. Transfer apple cabbage mixture to original bowl. Add parsley and pecans and stir to combine. Add the 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and stir. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Loosely cover bowl to keep warm.
Allow the tenderloin to rest for 15 minutes before slicing. (Make pan sauce while tenderloin rests.)
Dijon Pan Sauce:
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large shallot, peeled and diced small (1/4 cup)
1 cup freshly pressed apple cider
½ cup low sodium chicken stock
4 (3-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
While the tenderloin is resting, place the same sauté pan you cooked the tenderloin in (careful-hot!) over medium-high heat.
Add the olive oil and shallot, stir and cook for 1 minute.
Add the apple cider, stock and rosemary sprigs. Reduce until approximately ½ cup remains. Remove from the heat and discard the rosemary.
Add the Dijon and cider vinegar, stir to incorporate, then stir in the butter until fully incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Slice the pork into 1/2-inch medallions. Place 1 cup of the apple cabbage mixture on a plate, top with a few slices of pork tenderloin and spoon approximately 3 tablespoons of the sauce around each plate.
Note: Similar to the iridescent color of a pearl, silver skin is the inedible connective tissue that covers a small portion of the thicker end of the tenderloin. Too tough to pull off with your bare hands (unlike a layer of fat), the silver skin can be removed by simply filleting it off. Do this by cutting just under the silver skin with the tip of your knife, angling your knife slightly upwards, then cutting the silver skin off in strips. Alternatively, you can ask your butcher to remove the silver skin.