Special Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Special Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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"This is my family's all-time favorite pork recipe," shares Ruth Harrow of Bristol, New Hampshire. The moist tenderloin, beautifully complemented by a jazzy applesauce, bakes to melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Nutritional Facts

2 pieces: 294 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 679mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine flour, salt if desired and pepper. Cut each tenderloin into six pieces; flatten to about 1-in. thickness. Melt butter in a large skillet. Dip pork into flour mixture; add to skillet and brown on both sides. Place in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic until tender. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Pour over pork. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until the juices run clear and a meat thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Special Pork Tenderloin in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p57

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 220939
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2015

"Good and a little different than our usual. I used boneless pork loin chops instead of the tenderloin, which worked out fine."

dancingfool User ID: 7427237 25321
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2014

"We loved it but my husband added a little ground cayenne pepper to the sauce mixture to it spice it up a bit."

brenpotterfans User ID: 7898894 71616
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"This is one of my family's new favorite dinners. I serve it over brown rice. It is simply delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!"

HEXA User ID: 7635575 25320
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"Great way to prepare pork tenderloin! We like a little more zing, so next time I will bump up the spices, but the sauce was very tasty, and not sweet. I served it on a bed of rice."

LandanN User ID: 7524140 32448
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I have been making this recipe for over 10 years. It is a hit everytime I entertain."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 28699
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"So good--thank you!"

ruthweave User ID: 4210968 85591
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"We love this recipe; it's so good! It will definitely be listed as one of our favorites. Would like to try it with chicken as well."

nancy_cooks User ID: 6800572 25326
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"This is absolutely delicious! The pork is fork tender and the sauce is not overly "applesaucy" almost tastes more like gravy than applesauce. Wonderful! My family really enjoyed this dish. I enjoyed both the flavor and the simplicity."

slimlee User ID: 2917532 69138
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Have had this several times and haven't had it for awhile and one of my children asked for it so I put it on the menu. I would recommend everyone try it."

coupals User ID: 2729917 52555
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2009

"great with chicken tenderloin!"

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