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Pork Tenderloin with Sour Cream and Apples served over egg noodles

Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Sour Cream

Adapted from Olwen Woodier. Red onions are not strictly necessary over yellow, but they do perk up the color of the dish. Likewise, I stuck a sprig of parsley into my dish and would do the same for serving at a formal dinner, but it is only there to look pretty and not necessary for flavor.

Course Entree
Cuisine American, Midwestern

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins, trimmed of their silver skin and rubbed with salt and pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium onions, preferably red, sliced into rings
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, minced
  • 2 t ground cumin
  • 1/2 t cinnamon, preferably Ceylon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 5.5 oz-can tomato juice
  • 2 T cornstarch
  • 1-2 T honey
  • 1 15-oz can Great Northern beans or equivalent cooked, which is what I did–and any white bean should work
  • 3 Golden Delicious apples (you should prioritize local and seasonal over exact type of apple; I have also enjoyed this dish with Honeycrisp and Fuji apples)
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 F.
  2. Heat an oval dutch oven, 4-6 qt, over medium high heat. Add the oil and heat until shimmering. Brown the pork tenderloin on both sides–it will take about 10 minutes total. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add the chopped onion to the pan and some of the apple cider if it is too hot. Sprinkle some salt on the onions. Cook until translucent, at which point add the garlic and ginger. Cook another 5 minutes. Add the spices and stir to prevent browning.
  4. Mix the cider, tomato juice and wine. Reserve about 3 tablespoons and add the rest into the pot and bring to a boil. While it is boiling, whisk the cornstarch into the reserved liquid. Add the cornstarch and honey and mix it into the pot.
  5. Add the pork tenderloins back into the pot, with all of their juices. Cover them with the onion rings. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the pot and press it down so that it is about 1 inch above the food. Cover the pot with a heavy, tight-fitting lid and place in the oven. At this point, the timing is very flexible–at 275 F it is unlikely you will dry out the pork. I checked mine after about 1 1/2 hours, and it was falling apart and tender.
  6. 45 minutes before serving peel and core the apples and chop them into chunks. Drizzle them with a little cider vinegar to prevent browning.
  7. Place the sour cream in a bowl. Slowly whisk by the tablespoon some of the sauce into the sour cream. This will temper the sour cream, allowing it to heat up without curdling when it hits the sauce. When it is warm and no longer chilled at all, mix it all back into the pot. Add the apples and beans and re-cover. Turn the heat up to 325 F and place the pot back into the oven for 45 minutes.
  8. Before serving, make some egg noodles (or rice would work too). I used a combo of whole wheat and regular, which is why their color varies in the pictures. Serve the pork and sauce ladled on top of the noodles.