Savory Flavor: Apple & Walnut Tenderloin

by | Nov 8, 2023 | Dinner | 0 comments

Craving a hearty yet easy meal for your weeknights? Look no further than this mouth-watering Apple & Walnut Tenderloin! It’s a delightful combination of sweet apples, crunchy walnuts, and succulent pork that’s sure to impress.

Butterflying the Tenderloin: A Game-Changer

Tip: For an even cook, butterfly your pork tenderloin. Here’s how:

  1. Lay the tenderloin on a board covered in plastic wrap.
  2. Slice lengthwise, not all the way through. Aim for 2/3 deep.
  3. Open it like a book, cover with more wrap, then flatten evenly with a meat mallet or rolling pin.
Apple Walnut Tenderloin

Quick Prep, Quick Cook

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 20-30 minutes Serves: 4

Ingredients for Success

  • 3 T. olive oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
  • ¼ c. walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 T. breadcrumbs
  • 2 t. fresh thyme
  • 2 lb. pork tenderloin, butterflied
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

The Cooking Process: Easy and Efficient

  1. Preheat and Prep: Set your oven to 350°F. Soak toothpicks in water to prevent burning.
  2. Sauté the Mix: In a skillet, cook onion and apples in olive oil until soft. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine: Add walnuts, breadcrumbs, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Butterfly and Flatten: Cover tenderloin with wrap and flatten to ½ inch thickness.
  5. Stuff and Roll: Spread the apple-walnut mixture, roll the meat, and secure with toothpicks.
  6. Sear: Brush with olive oil and sear in a hot skillet, about 5-6 minutes.
  7. Roast to Perfection: Transfer to the oven for 20-30 minutes until the internal temperature is 155°F.
  8. Rest and Serve: Let it rest covered in foil for 15 minutes, then slice and enjoy!

The Joy of Cooking with Apples

Cooking with apples adds a delightful sweetness that balances the savory flavors of pork. Apples are versatile and work wonders in a variety of dishes, especially in fall-inspired recipes. In this tenderloin dish, they bring a freshness that’s both unexpected and comforting. Remember, choosing the right type of apple can make a big difference. For this recipe, go for varieties that hold up well to cooking, like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp. They add a perfect crunch and a burst of flavor to every bite.

Why This Recipe Works for Busy Weeknights

We all know how hectic weeknights can be. Between work, family obligations, and trying to squeeze in a bit of personal time, cooking a wholesome meal often seems like a daunting task. This is where our Apple and Walnut Stuffed Tenderloin comes into play. It’s a recipe that requires minimal preparation and offers maximum flavor. Plus, the cooking process is straightforward and doesn’t require constant attention. While the tenderloin is roasting, you can multitask — perhaps prepare a side dish or spend a few moments relaxing. This dish proves that gourmet doesn’t have to mean complicated or time-consuming.

Serving Suggestions to Elevate Your Meal

To turn this tenderloin into a feast, consider pairing it with side dishes that complement its rich flavors. A simple green salad dressed with a vinaigrette provides a refreshing contrast. For something heartier, roasted vegetables or a creamy mashed potato work wonderfully. And let’s not forget wine — a glass of Pinot Noir or a medium-bodied Merlot pairs beautifully with the tenderloin, enhancing both the meal and the dining experience. End the meal with a light dessert, perhaps a fruit sorbet or a slice of cheesecake, to round off this delightful culinary journey.

Apple Walnut Tenderloin

Apple and Walnut Stuffed Tenderloin

Discover the perfect weeknight meal: Apple & Walnut Stuffed Tenderloin. Quick, simple, and irresistibly delicious!"
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork tenderloin, apples, walnuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 491kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 2 medium apples peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin butterflied
  • 1 dash salt to taste
  • 1 dash black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Soak 6-8 toothpicks in a bowl of water. This is to prevent the toothpicks from burning in the oven.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet and add in the onion and apples. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions become slightly soft and translucent, around 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add in the walnuts, breadcrumbs, and fresh thyme. Season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Lay the pork tenderloin on a flat surface and cover with plastic wrap. Pound the meat with a meat mallet until around 1/2 inch thick.
  • Spread the apple and walnut mixture over the meat and tightly roll the tenderloin like a jellyroll. Secure with toothpicks. Brush the tenderloin with the remaining olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Place the same skillet you used to cook the onion and apples on a high heat. 
  • Add the pork tenderloin to the hot skillet and sear until golden on all sides, around 5-6 minutes.
  • Transfer the tenderloin to the preheated oven and roast until fully cooked through in the middle, 20-30 minutes. The temperature in the thickest part of the meat should read 155°F with an instant read thermometer 
  • Remove from the oven. Cover loosely with foil and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. Remove toothpicks, slice and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: Butterflying pork tenderloin allows it to cook quickly and evenly, making it a simple, easy weeknight meal choice. To butterfly, place tenderloin on a large piece of plastic wrap on cutting board. Make a slit, cutting lengthwise down the middle, being careful not to cut all the way through. Best results are achieved by cutting 2/3 of the way through, leaving 1/3 of the overall thickness of tenderloin. Open the tenderloin like a book. Cover with a 2nd sheet of plastic wrap and pound it out with the flat side of a meat mallet or press it out with a rolling pin to an even thickness.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 1074mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg

Conclusion

This Apple and Walnut Stuffed Tenderloin is not just delicious; it’s a testament to how simple cooking can bring out rich flavors. Perfect for busy weeknights or a special dinner, it’s a dish that pleases everyone. Try it tonight and taste the magic!

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