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This quick recipe for Pork Medallions with apples and cabbage makes a convenient and easy fall dinner. Pork tenderloin is sliced into quick cooking medallions so you can have a tasty skillet dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
When it comes to weeknight meals I want to make something for my family that is good for them but doesn’t take a lot of time or energy on my part. The last thing I want after a busy day is to spend hours cooking.
But I also don’t want to resort to fast food or takeout! That is why I love versatility of marinated fresh pork. I use it to make dinners like Grilled Pork Kebobs and Instant Pot Pork Loin. This week I used marinated pork tenderloin to make this recipe for pork medallions with apple and cabbage.
Why Use Marinated Fresh Pork?
The best reason to use marinated fresh pork is that it is so convenient. If I am the one doing the marinading I have to remember to get the meat out in the morning, make a marinade and put the meat in it. And the last thing I want to do in the morning is start prepping dinner!
In addition it is versatile, so you can cook it many different ways. Sautéing, roasting, grilling, slow cooking and pressure cooking are all tasty ways of making delicious pork.
Pork Tenderloin Medallions
For this dinner I decided to slice my fresh pork tenderloin into medallions. Pork tenderloin cooks very quickly, but when it is sliced into medallions it cooks even faster.
I pan seared the pork medallions and then added some seasonal flavors to make an autumn skillet dinner. This meal has only six ingredients and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
How to Make Pork Medallions with Apples and Cabbage
1. Prepare the Ingredients
Since this dinner cooks so quickly it is best to get everything ready before you start cooking. The first thing to do is put a skillet on the stove on medium-high heat so it gets nice and hot for cooking the pork tenderloin.
Then chop up some cabbage and an onion and peel, core and slice an apple. For this dinner I used a Smithfield Steakhouse Seasoned Fresh Pork Tenderloin, which I bought at Walmart.
I sliced the tenderloin into medallions that are about 1 1/2 inches thick. This should give you 8-10 pork medallions.
2. Sear the pork
Once everything is prepared and the skillet is hot add the olive oil and the onions. Stir the onions for a minute, and then push the onions to the side and sear the pork medallions.
Cook the medallions for 3-4 minutes on each side, turning them with kitchen tongs. You want the medallions to get a nice brown crust on top as they cook.
3. Cook the Apples and Cabbage
Take the medallions out of the pan and cover them with foil to keep warm. Add the apple slices and cabbage to the skillet and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.
4. Finish the Dish
After 5 minutes return the pork medallions to the skillet, nestling them among the cabbage and apples. Pour some apple cider or apple juice into the skillet and let the entire dish cook for another 5 minutes.
The pork tenderloin medallions should be cooked through by now. However I always check my meat with a meat thermometer instead of relying on time. Pork should reach 145 F before eating.
Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, don’t try to cook based just on time. A thermometer is not expensive and the peace of mind they give you is priceless. Food poisoning is not fun! This is my favorite inexpensive meat thermometer, which you can buy on Amazon.
What to Serve With Pork Tenderloin Medallions
This one skillet dinner is ready to eat! The pork tenderloin was amazingly tender and juicy and the apples and cabbage made a nice seasonal side. If you want a heartier dinner you could add a green salad or a baked potato.
This quick meal is a perfect quick fall dinner.
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Pork Medallions with Apples and Cabbage
- Seasoned Fresh Pork Tenderloin
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1/2 cabbage
- 1 large apple
- 1/2 cup cider
- Heat a skillet on medium high heat while you prepare the ingredients.
- Mince the onion and chop the cabbage. Peel, core and slice the apple. Slice the pork tenderloin into medallions about 1 1/2 inches wide. You should end up with 8-10 medallions.1 onion, 1/2 cabbage, 1 large apple, Seasoned Fresh Pork Tenderloin
- Add olive oil to the hot skillet and add the onion. Stir for 1 minutes. Then push the onion to the side of the skillet and sear the meat, browning 3-4 minutes on each side.1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Remove the pork from the skillet and set aside. Cover to keep warm.
- Add apples and cabbage to the skillet and saute for 5 minutes.
- Return the pork medallions to the skillet. Pour the cider or apple juice over the top and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 F.1/2 cup cider
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Nutrition facts are estimates.
This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.