pork tenderloin medallions with cider caramel

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~ pork tenderloin medallions with cider caramel ~

This turned out soooo good and it was easy to prepare. The cider caramel takes about a half hour to cook, so plan accordingly. I think this would make a wonderful main course for a holiday or company meal. The addition of a little fresh thyme, pepper and coarse sea salt adds amazing flavor to this dish.

3 lb. pork tenderloin

4 cups fresh orchard apple cider

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup salted butter

fresh thyme leaves

fresh ground pepper

coarse sea salt

Bake or grill the pork tenderloin according to package directions. You can either make the cider caramel while the pork is cooking, or in advance. It reheats beautifully.

Pour the cider in a large, heavy skillet along with the vanilla. Boil until reduced by half (about 2 cups.) This will take 15 to 20 minutes. Add the sugar and butter and cook untilย  reduced to one and one half cups (another 15 minutes.) Stir frequently with a wire whisk.

Once the pork is finished cooking, cut into medallions.

Serve the cider caramel over the pork tenderloin medallions. Garnish with a little fresh thyme, pepper and coarse sea salt.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  6 comments for “pork tenderloin medallions with cider caramel

  1. December 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Oh oh oh… did someone say “caramel”?? ๐Ÿ˜€ Another beautiful dish, and I can imagine the caramel sauce was most excellent ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Melissa
      December 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      It was caramely yet a little tart and appley from the cider…and the addition of coarse sea salt. Oh emmmm geee ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. December 19, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    How delish does THIS look?!?

    Oh, wow.

    I’m on vacation next week and after dragging all over your place here, I’m kinda getting a little tempted to do some baking.

    We’ll see if that feeling hangs on till then…=)

    • Melissa
      December 20, 2011 at 11:36 am

      Hi Carrie!
      Enjoy your vacation! Have fun cooking/baking, and thanks for commenting. xoxo

  3. Kimber
    December 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    OMG another amazingly delicious recipe to make!!! Thanks!!

    • Melissa
      December 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      amazingly delicious, fancy enough for company and easy! enjoy!

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