This flavorful melange of pork, apricots and fresh fennel would be delicious
served over instant or larger-grained couscous.
1 pound pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 small fennel bulb, greens removed and cut into thin slices
1 small red
onion, cut into 1/2-inch-wide wedges
1 1/4 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup brandy (or apple juice)*
16 dried Mediterranean apricots
1 tablespoon stone-ground Dijon-style mustard
Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat oil in large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and
cook for 3-5 minutes or until surface is brown. Remove pork from skillet.
Melt butter in skillet. Add fennel and onion. Cook over medium heat for
4-5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Add 3/4 cup broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 2-3 minutes
or until liquid is slightly reduced.
Turn off heat. Stir in brandy, apricots and raisins.
Push vegetable mixture to edges of skillet. Place tenderloin in center;
spread with mustard. Roast in heated oven for 20-30 minutes or until internal
temperature reaches 155 degrees F.
Transfer pork to cutting board. Loosely cover with foil.
Add remaining 1/2 cup broth to skillet with vegetable mixture. Bring to
a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 4-5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed, stirring
Slice pork and transfer to a shallow platter.
Spoon vegetable mixture on platter with pork.
Although the alcohol in the brandy evaporates during the roasting process, if
your family does not care for the taste of brandy, substitute an equal amount of
To keep cleanup to a minimum, use the same skillet for both browning and roasting
the pork tenderloin. If your skillet cannot withstand high oven temperatures, transfer
the pork tenderloin and vegetable mixture to a 9 x 9-inch baking pan. After roasting,
transfer the vegetable mixture back to the skillet and continue as directed in the