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Patsy Steimer via Epicurious.com


8 servings



- Active: 60 Minutes
- Start to finish: 90 Minutes

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Pork Loin with Apples, Prunes, and Mustard Cream Sauce


  • 1 4 lb boneless pork loin roast, tied by butcher
  • 1 ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Granny Smith apples , (3/4 lb total)
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ cup dried pitted prunes, (sometimes called dried plums); 4 1/2 oz., quartered
  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth, (12 oz)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp coarse-grain mustard
  • ½ cup dry white wine


Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer

Put oven rack in lower third of over and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Halve pork loin crosswise, then pat dry and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper (total). Heat oil in a 12-inch heaavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown pork, 1 piece at a time, turning occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes per piece. Transfer to a small flameproof roasting pan as browned (do not clean skillet) and roast pork until thermometer inserted diagonally at least 2 inches into meat registers 150 degrees F, 40-50 minutes.

While pork roasts, peel, quarter, and core apples, then cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet, then cook onion in skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add apples, prunes, broth, and water and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in cream and mustard and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and keep sauce warm, partially covered.

Transfer pork to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Add wine to roasting pan and boil over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir pan juices into cream sauce along with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 3/4 teaspoon pepper and heat sauce over moderate heat, stirring, until hot.

Discard string from pork and cut each half crosswise into 4 slices. Serve pork with sauce.

Make 8 servings.


This dish, or some form thereof, can be found in most Scandinavian countries. The apples and prunes are usually stuffed inside the pork roast, but here we've put them in the sauce.


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