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Pork with Chunky Applesauce

Growing up I always heard that pork was the traditional dish for New Year’s Day.  I’m not sure where I heard it, or whose tradition it’s supposed to be, but I think of it every year and somehow feel like I should be cooking pork on that day.

Whether you have heard this tradition or not, this recipe is worth trying on New Year’s Day or whenever you have a taste for pork tenderloin. It’s really easy and the result is delicious!

As with many of the meals I cook, this came from Cooking Light®, which is a great source for healthier meal ideas.  

Pork with Chunky Applesauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Pork with Chunky Applesauce


  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound port tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 Gala apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Fresh parsley leaves (optional)


  1. Combine ½ teaspoon salt, garlic powder, paprika, and pepper; sprinkle evenly over both sides of pork.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add one tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat.
  3. Add pork to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness (145° – 160°).
  4. Transfer pork to a plate and keep warm.
  5. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to pan (do not wipe pan clean); swirl to coat.
  6. Add apples and ½ cup water; cover and cook 6 minutes or until apples are tender.
  7. Uncover and stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, sugar and cinnamon; cook 2 minutes or until apples are soft and most of the liquid evaporates to become syrupy, stirring occasionally.
  8. Serve pork with apple mixture; top with parsley, if desired.



2 comments on “Pork with Chunky Applesauce

  1. Kacey
    December 23, 2015

    Yummy! Pork Roast with Sauerkraut was/is always a New Year’s tradition in my family. It’s supposed to be for good luck in the new year, and I’ve always been told it’s a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. Merry Christmas!! : )


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