Fennel and peanut-studded applesauce makes an unusual but pleasing filling for these roasted tenderloins. Serve with roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and crusty French rolls.
- 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
- 1/4 cup apple juice (OR vermouth)
- 2/3 cup applesauce (chunky)
- 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (finely chopped)
- 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed (finely crushed)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, form a “pocket” in each tenderloin by cutting a lengthwise slit down center of each almost to, but not through, bottom of each tenderloin. Place tenderloins in shallow roasting pan.
- In small bowl stir together apple juice, applesauce, peanuts, fennel, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pocket in each tenderloin. Secure stuffed pockets with toothpicks. Roast for 20-27 minutes until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time before slicing to serve.