Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy

This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly!

This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly! This post contains Affiliate Links. Please see the disclaimer here.

This Pork Tenderloin, you guys! Ugh, I purposely did some extra recipe tests even after I got it to where I wanted it to be, because I love this that much!

This is the ultimate stick-to-your-bones, meat-and-potatoes dinner. And the gravy is so good you’ll feel absolutely no shame when you drown your entire plate in it as you simultaneously contemplate filling your tub with it because you #cantstopwontstop. And I say that as a person who doesn’t even like baths! This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly! I originally started dreaming this recipe up as a quick and tasty weeknight meal. I make a lot of pork tenderloin, particularly during the week. It’s a cut of meat that’s pretty quick and easy to throw together and always so tender!

But I had grown bored with my usual salt/pepper/herbes de provence combo. Sure, it’s delicious and simple to pop into the oven. But it was time for something new, and cold weather + pan gravy for my mashed = LYFE. This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly! So when one has a some delicious apple cider hanging out in her fridge, what does one do? She throws it into the gravy, of course! And I know that some of you are shaking your heads at the thought of something sweet invading your gravy.

But do me a favor and try to keep an open mind. The cider actually helps balance out all of the deliciously savory flavors and adds a nice amount of depth. The saccharine fruitiness that can often overpower some sauces is simply not there. This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly! This meal came together for me right around 30 minutes, not counting the 10 that I rested my pork (always a good idea!). Now all ovens vary and if you don’t have a cast iron pan, you’ll have to allow a bit more time as other pans don’t conduct heat as well. But don’t let that deter you.

After the first 10 minutes of prep time, the rest is down time while you wait for the meat to cook. Not only do I love this for a busy weeknight meal, I also think this is special enough and delicious enough for a low key Christmas dinner. This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly! Sometimes making a giant, traditional holiday meal can be way to labor intensive and kill your whole day. And shouldn’t holidays be all about relaxing and enjoying quality time with your loved ones?

While this isn’t the ideal dish for feeding a large crowd. But if you need a delicious and easy dish to wow a smaller group for your holiday celebration or just want a nice  but easy dinner, then this is just the ticket! This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly!

Other great meaty mains to feed a smaller amount of people are:

Roast Turkey Thighs for Two

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Mom’s Meatloaf Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken

Yields 3-4 servings

30 Minute Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy

This Smothered Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider Gravy is the best meat main dish for a holiday dinner when you have a small group of people to feed and also makes a quick and cozy weeknight meal! This recipe is so easy but tastes fantastic and comes together quickly!

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. of canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 small pork tenderloin (mine was around 1 lb. - 1 1/4 lb.)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Dried thyme, to taste
  • 1 14.5 oz. can of low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch (you can cut this to 1 Tbsp. if you want a sightly thinner gravy)
  • 1 10.5 oz. can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 packet of dry onion soup seasoning
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider (or apple juice if cider is not available)

Instructions

  1. In a cast iron skillet, heat your oil over medium high. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Season your pork tenderloin to taste with salt, pepper and thyme.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk your broth into your cornstarch until combined. Then whisk in your mushroom soup, onion soup seasoning and apple cider to combine. Set aside.
  4. When the pan is hot, sear the pork on all sides. Keep a close eye on it because cast iron tends to move things along faster than regular pans. You want it to have a nice brown sear without burning it.
  5. Once each side is seared, dump your broth mixture over the pork and bake for around 20-25 minutes or until the thickest part of the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
  6. Remove the pork from the pan and let it rest under a foil tent for 10 minutes.
  7. Carve and serve with the gravy- enjoy!
Cuisine: Weeknight, Holidays, Christmas, Meaty | Recipe Type: Main dish, dinner, weeknight, holiday

Notes

I use a cast iron pan that I can transfer directly into the oven. You can also use a regular saute pan and then transfer the pork into an over-safe baking dish before pouring the broth mixture over it and baking. If you don't use cast iron, make sure you account for a little extra cooking time as regular pans tend to go a bit slower than cast iron.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kyle
    November 30, 2016 at 11:07 am

    This dinner looks right up my alley & perfect for the holiday season. I love the addition of apple cider. Pork & apple go so well, I’m sure that’s amazing!
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thank you! Apple cider always has my heart!

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    Platter Talk
    November 30, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Your right. This is a perfect “small group” dinner party idea. You have made this delicious entree so simple and tasty! Love the cidar and sage additions.
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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thank you! We live in a small home that cannot accommodate a large amount of people so I’m always trying to think of small group ideas!

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    Tracy | Baking Mischief
    November 30, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Pork tenderloin is such a great cut of meat. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it, and I LOVE the looks of this! Apple cider in gravy is such an interesting flavor pairing, it sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to try it. Pinning!

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      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Thank you- I was initially worried that the cider would be too sweet but it definitely isn’t! This is now in our regular rotation!

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    Julie
    November 30, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This looks like a great dish for entertaining n the Fall season with the use of apple cider.

    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Thank you- I love quick entertaining meals!

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    Ashley - Forking Up
    November 30, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I always buy pork tenderloin on sale, and do the same boring things with it. I need to try this!

    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Justin
    December 6, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    1/2 what of apple cider

    • Reply
      Jessy
      December 6, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      Yikes- thanks for the heads up on that typo. It’s 1/2 cup. I just fixed it 🙂

      • Reply
        Justin
        December 7, 2016 at 2:19 am

        That’s what I thought. Will be making tonight.

        • Reply
          Jessy
          December 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

          Enjoy 🙂

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