Sweetly Spiced Pork


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 to 6 servings


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cubed

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground mace

  • 2 tart apples - peeled, cored and chopped

  • 1 cup dried cranberries

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ½ cup apple juice

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pork and saute until lightly browned, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove pork from skillet and set aside.

  2. To same skillet add squash and saute for 4 minutes. Add additional oil if needed. Stir in onion and saute until soft. Stir in the cloves, mace, apples, cranberries and brown sugar. Saute for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, reduce heat and simmer until apples are tender. Stir in reserved pork and cook for about 5 more minutes. Add chopped walnuts just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

365 Calories
14g Fat
43g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 365
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 638mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.