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Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Spiced Apple Compote

Our guest blogger for the month of March is Lori Yates of Foxes Love Lemons. She serves up a small item that features big flavor!

One of my favorite ways to transition from the comfort foods of winter to lighter, more Spring-like fare is by serving a dinner that includes sliders. I love a great sandwich for dinner once in awhile (especially next to a bowl of soup). But when warmer weather arrives, it's beyond easy to lighten up the ingredients of that sandwich for a healthier meal.

Another thing I love about sliders is the flexibility they offer. While a typical serving might be two sandwiches, hungrier eaters (like my husband) can have three, while I might just have one, along with an extra scoop of this apple compote. For this reason, meals like this are great for families with kids of a variety of ages, as well.

This meal comes together in about a half hour by preparing the compote as the pork tenderloin is roasting. The pork is simply rubbed with salt and pepper, seared on the stovetop until it has a nice brown crust (break out the cast iron skillet if you have one!), then finished in the oven.

The spiced apple compote includes Gala apples (my favorites), a touch of Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar, and a bit of chili powder and cayenne pepper. The finished compote has a great depth of flavor, but isn't hot and spicy. The sliders are built on small whole wheat rolls and finished with peppery arugula. Enjoy!

Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Spiced Apple Compote
Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 Gala apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
8 whole wheat dinner rolls, split
2 cups arugula


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprinkle all sides of pork with salt and pepper. Heat large cast iron or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil to skillet. Transfer pork to skillet; sear 8 to 10 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning every 2 minutes.

2. Transfer skillet to oven; cook 15 to 17 minutes or until internal temperature of pork reaches 145 degrees F. Transfer pork to cutting board; let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

3. Meanwhile, in medium saucepot, cook apples, water, mustard, chili powder and cayenne over medium-high heat 18 to 20 minutes or until apples are softened and most liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Use spoon to lightly mash and break up apples as they cook.

4. Thinly slice pork and build sliders using pork, apple compote and arugula.

Lori Yates is a Detroit-area recipe developer and food photographer. She is the author of Foxes Love Lemons, where she posts special yet simple original recipes for the “home chef” in all of us.