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Special Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Special Pork Tenderloin Recipe

"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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (prepared with margarine and light soy sauce and without salt) equals 341 calories, 9 g fat (0 saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 451 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 34 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fruit.

Reviews for Special Pork Tenderloin

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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."

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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

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

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"So good--thank you!"

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2009

"great with chicken tenderloin!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

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