Dietitian's Dish: Seared Pork Tenderloin with Braised Apples, Celery, & Raisins
Wondering what to make for dinner this evening? Struggling to find time to prepare a healthy meal the whole family can enjoy? I hear you :) Thankfully recipes like this one only take minutes to prepare and the results are delicious and nutritious!
Seared Pork Tenderloins with Braised Apples, Celery, & Raisins
- 1 pound pork tenderloin, 1/2" slices
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 teaspoons fresh)
- Salt, pepper, & brown sugar to taste
- 3 fresh apples (I chose the Michigan Rome), washed & sliced
- 1 bunch fresh celery, washed & sliced
- 1/8 cup plump raisins
- Splash of fresh apple cider
- In a large skillet cook garlic in hot oil or butter over medium-high heat for about 15 seconds.
- Carefully place pork in the hot oil. Sear each slice by cooking for 2-5 minutes on each side or until browned and NOT pink in the center.
- Add remaining ingredients and cover.
- Cook, covered, until apples and celery have been cooked through.
I chose the Michigan Rome out of the multitude of Michigan apples because it is a great cooking apple that will not fall apart with the heat. Great advice given to me by my grandmother, a long standing apple farmer :) Apples are a great addition any time of year due to the rich fiber content, powerful antioxidants (Quercetin is believed to be more powerful than vitamin C!), and besides, they are naturally sweet - my favorite fruit as a matter of fact.
When it comes to the lean cut of the pork tenderloin, many people may steer clear in their cooking adventures due to the commonly dry results. You can easily prevent this by searing the edges, a key step! By cooking the pork with strong heat, you are able to lock in the juices to maintain rich results!
While you could certainly cook the apples and celery first or separately from the pork, I chose to mix everything together in order to give all of the unique flavors a chance to mingle :) In order to cook a bit of the crispness out of the apples and celery, I covered the skillet and allowed it to steam until they reached the perfect level of crunch!
And with that, the meal is ready! Enjoy :)