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Pork Tenderloin with Cran-Apple Sauerkraut

I love all the ingredients in this recipe because together they're perfect for Oktoberfest, a fun festival during my favorite time of the year. Serve the pork and sauerkraut with a hearty dark bread, such as rye or pumpernickel, along with an ice-cold beer. Delicious!—Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennslvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound center-cut bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1 cup cubed peeled sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sweet white wine or unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon and leeks over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Place sweet potato and water in a large microwave-safe dish. Microwave, covered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender; drain. Stir in bacon mixture, sauerkraut, apple, cranberries, wine, brown sugar, caraway seeds and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Transfer half of the sauerkraut mixture to a greased 4-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle pork with pepper and remaining salt; place in slow cooker. Top with remaining sauerkraut mixture. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until pork is tender (a thermometer inserted in pork should read at least 145°).
  • Remove pork from slow cooker; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve pork with sauerkraut.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked pork with 3/4 cup sauerkraut: 310 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 1345mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Kathy
    Jan 27, 2019

    This recipe is awesome! I used a 2 1/4 pound pork loin roast in place of the tenderloin, and cooked it for 4 hours. Also I omitted the leeks. I made some pork gravy and spaetzle to go along with it. Will be one of my top go to recipes for pork!