Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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This flavorful main course is a great company offering. The tenderloin tastes wonderful and looks so pretty when it's sliced to reveal a golden apricot center. In the 15 years I've been using this recipe, it has never failed me.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
  • 1 package (6 ounces) dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup sweet-and-sour salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 onion slice, separated into rings
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. Make a lengthwise cut three-quarters of the way through each tenderloin; pound to flatten evenly. Set aside three apricots for marinade. Stuff remaining apricots into pork to within 1/2 in. of ends; secure with toothpicks or kitchen string.
  2. In a blender, combine the remaining ingredients and reserved apricots. Cover and process until smooth; set aside 1/3 cup. Pour remaining marinade into a large resealable bag; add tenderloins. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, turning meat often.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Place pork in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with reserved marinade. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apricot-Filled Pork Tenderloin in Country Woman July/August 2000, p29

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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dancingfool 232094
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2015

"Just wonderful!!!"

abelr1 40341
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"This is probably THE best pork tenderloin that I've ever eaten!"

Wheezy37 42891
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2011

"Very Flavorfull. It makes great leftovers as well. This is my new favorite way to cook pork.

I couldn't find the sweet and sour salad dressing, so I used some sweet and sour sauce and it work out well I thought."

wiley2589 58132
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"This recipe was awesome! The marinade was unique and the pork was tender and delicious. However, I did have to cook mine for closer to an hour, so be sure to have your thermometer handy!"

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