"Fragrant with spices and rich with the interplay of sweetly tart flavors. This simple pork dish is a perfect fall or winter meal. Serve it with a wild rice pilaf and some steamed greens. Complete the experience with a glass of Merlot. For a simple dessert serve some sliced fresh pears, sprinkle them with crumbled gorgonzola and dribble them with maple syrup." — Lola
Watch video tips and tricks
pork tenderloin, cubed
salt and pepper to taste
butternut squash, cubed
tart apples - peeled, cored and chopped
chopped walnuts, toasted
I love this dish. It has all the wonderful flavors of fall. The butternut squash takes on a wonderful sweet taste due to the brown sugar and spices. I used apple cider the last time I made it as that is what I had on hand and it made the flavor even more intense.
This sounded so good, and what few reviews it had gotten were all good. I didn't like it much at all. I love squash and pork, but their flavor was completely overwhelmed by the spices. It was like having potpourri for dinner. Might have made a good salsa, omitting the squash, for a whole pork tenderloin.
We thought this recipe was excellent. Great winter meal.
It definitely is a sweet main dish, so don't forget to make some sides to even it out. Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice went very well. I made a few teeny changes, no mace, cranberries, or apple juice... so I used cardamom, dried dates and apple cider. For a prettier presentation, slice the squash into french fry shapes, and leave the apples in wedge shapes. All the cubing is ugly and a lot more work...
Wonderful holiday dish! I'm not usually one for pork, but... WOW! For the sake of presentation, I kept the pork tenderlion whole (instead of cubing it as the recipe suggests). I cooked it in the oven for between 1-2 hours (you need to monitor it since ovens differ). I also couldn't find any butternut squash so I omitted that completely. Finally, since I didn't want to go out and buy cloves and mace just for this recipe I used Allspice instead. It was fantastic! I'll definately be making this one again!
My guests were impressed by this dish and it was very tasty. It was also a lot of work! I liked making something out-of-the-ordinary, but I will not go through the effort of preparing this dish on a regular basis - special occasions only. Glad to add it to my recipe box though!
Great recipe for a fall day. I only made two small changes; I omitted the salt and pepper and added them later and instead of apple juice I used apple spiced wine. This one is a keeper! Excellent leftovers as well if there is any left!
No apple juice used apple cider vinegar. Turned out very well will all spice instead of mace and cloves. Next time I am gong to throw a can of pineapple chuncks in at the end. Just long enough to heat up.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Sweetly Spiced Pork
Serving Size: 1/5 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 5
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 124
Holiday cookies, cakes, pies, and breads. Get recipes and inspiration.
Get time-saving recipes to save your busy life.
Find just the right recipes for your holiday get-togethers.
These tasty chops make an easy weeknight dinner with spices you have on hand.
Learn how to make delicious pork chops with sweet potatoes and sauteed apples.
What's cooking in San Antonio? Heavenly schnitzel with creamy sauce.