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April 10, 2012 | Issue 395


Fruit-Infused Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate Cherry Sauce

Pork is a versatile meat that goes well with a variety of fruits and vegetables. This recipe features cherries and pomegranate juice that give the meat a tender, sweet taste. Cherries contain vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Tart cherries actually have nearly 20 times more vitamin A than strawberries and blueberries. Lab studies are also looking at the phytochemical anthocyanin, credited with giving cherries their notable red hue, for its powerful antioxidant properties. Pair with a light, spring salad for even more phytochemicals.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 238 calories, 5 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate,
7 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 155 mg sodium.

  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice, divided
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 4 tsp. canola oil
  • 1/2 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. coarse seed mustard
  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter, optional
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1. Place cherries in small bowl. Add 1/2 cup pomegranate juice and let sit until cherries are plump, about 20 minutes. Drain, setting fruit aside and reserving liquid.
  2. Cut tenderloin crosswise into 8 pieces. Using your palm, gently flatten each piece to an even thickness.
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until it is browned on both sides, turning meat once, about 6 minutes in all. When instant read thermometer reads 150 degrees F. or meat resists slightly when pressed with your finger, remove it to plate, cover loosely with foil, and set aside.
  4. Pour broth into the pan. As it boils, use wooden spatula to scrape up all browned bits. When broth is reduced by half, 4-5 minutes, add cherries, shallots, pomegranate juice and reserved juice from soaking, thyme and mustard. Simmer vigorously until liquid is reduced by one-third, 4 to 5 minutes. Return meat and any juices that have collected to pan and cook until meat is barely pink in the center or instant read thermometer registers 160 degrees F. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place 2 pieces of tenderloin on each of 4 dinner plates. If using, swirl butter into sauce until it melts. Spoon sauce over meat. Serve immediately.

Note: If the tenderloin has a silverskin membrane, remove it or at the meat counter, ask the butcher to do it for you.

Grocery list

Dried tart cherries
Pomegranate juice
Pork tenderloin
Canola oil
Fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
Unsalted butter
Salt and ground black pepper

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