pork tenderloin with apple-mustard pan sauce

Yes, I do still cook!  Things have been pretty busy around here filled with lots of sight-seeing, travelling and eating out, but I have made the occasional meal - although usually what I make is pretty simple.  This pork tenderloin was a bit of an exception - rather than just wandering around the grocery store looking for recognizable ingredients and waiting for inspiration, I actually picked a recipe before I left home.  It turned out really well - the pork was really moist and the apple-mustard sauce just tangy enough.  I would definitely make this recipe again in the future.  

Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Mustard Pan Sauce

  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 400F.  While preheating the oven, heat a pan over medium-high heat and season the pork with salt & pepper.  Heat the olive oil in the pan, then add the pork.  Sear it on all sides, about 3 minutes each side.  Transfer the pork to a baking sheet and allow it to continue baking in the oven for 10-15 more minutes (internal temperature of 155F).  After it comes out of the oven, tent it with aluminum foil and allow it to rest.

While the pork is in the oven add the mustards, cider or stock, apple sauce and balsamic vinegar to the pan.  Scrape up any tasty, browned bits from the bottom of the pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Stir continuously until the sauce thickens (a few minutes).  Season with salt & pepper, to taste.  Remove from the heat and set aside until the pork is finished.

When the pork has rested for 5-10 minutes slice it thinly and serve with the apple-mustard sauce on top.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

So other than cooking I've been keeping busy in Amsterdam blogging, exploring, shopping and taking in the sights in general.  On Wednesdays at 12:30 there's a free rehearsal concert at the Concertgebouw (from September until the end of May) and I was lucky enough to attend twice.  The first time I attended I saw a trio in the small hall (pictured below).  The second time I attended the concert was in the large hall and I got to listen to the strings section of the orchestra rehearsing.  Both times were amazing - there's just something fantastic about watching live performances.