Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloins with Spiced Cranberries & Northern Spice

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Simmering star anise and cinnamon sticks in cranberry juice along with whole berries creates a pleasant sweetness with just an edge of tang—perfect for saucing up tender pork. The parallel flavours in the Northern Spice cocktail make it an excellent accompaniment.



2 pork tenderloins, about 1 lb (500 g) each
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp (30 mL) thyme leaves or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried leaf thyme
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1 cinnamon stick, about 2 inches (5 cm) long
1 star anise
½ cup (125 mL) beef stock or broth
1 cup (250 mL) cranberry juice
1 cup (250 mL) fresh or frozen cranberries
Sprigs thyme, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). 
  2. Trim tenderloins of any fat and silver skin (use a small sharp knife to remove these thin white membranes). Slice tenderloins in half crosswise.
  3. Sprinkle pork generously with salt and pepper; rub into meat. Sprinkle with thyme. Heat a wide ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and coat bottom. Place pork in pan and turn often until lightly browned on all sides and ends, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  4. Place skillet in preheated oven. Roast, uncovered and turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centre of meat reads 150°F (65°C), 12 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meat. Remove to a cutting board and cover. 
  5. Return skillet to burner. Break cinnamon stick in half and add to skillet along with star anise. Stir spices over medium heat until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add broth and scrape up any browned bits from pan bottom. Pour in cranberry juice and add cranberries. Boil gently, stirring occasionally, until cranberries break down a little and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. 
  6. Slice pork and arrange over plates. Spoon cranberries and juice overtop. Scatter with a few thyme sprigs.
Serves 4 to 6



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