Friday, November 8, 2013

Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin

 Juicy pork tenderloin on a bed of sweet potatoes, apples, and bacon...all drizzled with a sweet and savory maple Dijon sauce and topped with fresh sage. Purely delicious!

Happy Friday, Everyone! I am so excited for today!! You won't believe what I have in store for you. Not only am I sharing a delicious Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin recipe, but I'm participating in a Virtual Progressive Dinner with ten other AMAZING bloggers! And....I'm giving away a $200 gift card for Target, Amazon, or World Market (your choice)! 

I have to admit. I've never been part of a real life progressive dinner before! I'm missing out....I know. To be honest, at this point in my life, dinner parties are mostly a thing of my dreams. When you and your friends all have multiple kids age 7 and under, dreaming about them is pretty much all you can do! But. If there's one thing I can't wait for when my kids are older, it's definitely enjoying more adult dinners!

I've always loved having friends over for dinner, and I love making memorable dishes. Something on the fancy side. At the same time, of course, I want to be able to enjoy their company and not be stuck in the kitchen the whole night! So coming up with delicious, memorable dishes that are low maintenance is a must. And this Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin definitely fits the bill! It's sweet and savory, with apples, bacon, sweet potatoes, fresh sage, brown sugar, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard. The flavors complement and play off of one another in a way that leaves you wanting more.....just right for your progressive dinner party.....and hopefully, someday, mine!

Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin
2 pork tenderloins (approx. 1 pound each)
1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes, thinly sliced
1 large or 2 medium red apples, cored and thinly sliced
8 slices uncooked bacon, chopped 
6 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. dijon mustard
1 oz. fresh sage leaves 

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Prepare two 8x11 baking pans or one larger pan by coating lightly with cooking spray.
3. Layer sliced apples and sweet potatoes in overlapping rows to completely cover the bottom of the pan(s). 
4. Top with chopped, uncooked bacon and 24 fresh sage leaves (divided evenly among pans if using more than one).
5. In a small saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and 1/4 c. maple syrup until melted. Drizzle over sweet potatoes, apples, and bacon.
6. Place tenderloins on top; season with salt and pepper.
7. In a small saucepan, heat 4 Tbsp. butter, 1/4 c. maple syrup, 1/4 c. dijon mustard, and 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage until melted. Drizzle over tenderloins.
8. Bake, uncovered, 40-45 minutes or until internal temperature is 160 degrees.


And now....on to the other delicious recipes we're sharing with you today!

Now that you've enjoyed a delicious {virtual} progressive dinner, how about a giveaway to help you host your own? Just follow the simple steps below for a chance to win a $200 gift card to your choice of Target, Amazon, or World Market. Seriously....could it get any better? Good luck!

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I hope you enjoyed the dinner and maybe even feel inspired to plan your own! 

I'd love to know, if you hosted your own progressive dinner, which course would you be in charge of?


  1. Progressive dinners are so fun, unfortunately it's not something we get to do often because of kids! Your virtual is a great idea! You've done a fabulous job on the dinner Cathy!

  2. I hope you get to experience a Progressive Dinner sooner than later, Cathy! Your pork tenderloin looks amazing! xo

  3. Wouldn't it be so fun to do an ACTUAL blogger dinner party, no kids?? That would be so cool! This tenderloin...I'm drooling!

  4. This pork loin looks so juicy! Sounds awesome, Cathy! You brought a great dish :)

  5. This looks so delicious and adult! Definently something to look forward to when I'm old and gray! Ha!

  6. This looks so much better than the Lean Cuisine I've got in the microwave right now! Your photos are making me drool, girl! YUMMERS!

  7. Cathy, this tenderloin is beautiful, and your presentation, stunning. I completely get it about the kids, it's been forever since I participated in a progressive dinner. I need to change that! Especially after seeing all the amazing dishes from our virtual one!

  8. Oh yum! I often do a honey mustard sauce but I love the idea of a dijon maple! This looks so good. We love pork tenderloin and we're always looking for good new recipes! And what a giveaway!

  9. I love a good pork meal! I used a similar sauce on chicken last night and while I eating my dinner, I thought it would taste great on pork. I'll be sharing this on Facebook and Pinterest today!!

  10. It has been years since I participated in a progressive dinner, but perhaps I will plan one for the holidays! Great idea to do a virtual progressive dinner... I enjoyed connecting with some new food bloggers as well. The pork recipe looks delicious, and I will give it a try. Thanks!


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