Diet Friendly French Pork Medallions and Caramelized Apples Recipe

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Ratings (9)
  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
326 Calories
13g Fat
20g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 326
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 33g
Calcium 27mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pork and apples are a classic French combination, many dishes featuring this mix comes from the Normandy area of France where apples feature very strongly in the cooking. 

This savory, a little sweet, and very filling, this pork medallions with caramelized onions and apples has a very special twist - it is diet-friendly and delicious. This easy to make dish isn't enlivened with fat and heavy cream, but with liberal doses of healthy seasonings and fiber-rich onions and apples.

To get the full impact of just how tasty this dish is, use outdoor reared pork where possible. The meat has far more flavor than intensively reared and will be more tender when cooked with very little shrinkage and the pigs are happier too. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, fat trimmed (outdoor reared where possible)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon rubbed sage (substitute dried thyme or rosemary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into medium strips
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into wedges
  • Scant pinch of ground cloves

Steps to Make It

Slice the pork crosswise into 4 medallions. Place the pork medallions in a small glass dish and pour the apple cider vinegar over the meat.

Allow the pork to marinate in the vinegar for 10 minutes, turning the meat over halfway through the marinating time.

Pat the pork dry on both sides with kitchen paper and sprinkle all the surfaces with the sage, salt, and black pepper. Heat the butter and oil together in a large skillet set over high heat.

Add the medallions to the pan and allow them to cook, without moving them at all, for 4 minutes. Carefully flip them over, and allow them to cook, without moving them, for an additional 4 minutes.

Check the pork medallions for doneness, and continue cooking them for an additional 1 to 2 minutes if they appear too pink in the center. Remove the cooked pork medallions to a plate and cover them loosely with foil to keep them warm.

Add the onions to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, until they begin to brown.

Add the apples and cloves to the skillet and continue cooking the mixture, stirring occasionally, for an additional 5 minutes, until the apples have just turned tender but not falling apart. 

Arrange the onions and apples on serving plates, slice the pork, if desired, or serve whole. Arrange the pork over the caramelized onions and apples and serve immediately.

This pork medallions and caramelized onions and apples recipe does not keep and should be served straight away for optimum flavor.