Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2007

Simmer antioxidant-rich cherries in a quick pan sauce spiked with whiskey and cranberry juice; it's luscious on turkey tenderloin (a lean but flavorful, quick-cooking cut you might have overlooked in the poultry case). Make it a meal: Serve with egg noodles.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ pounds turkey tenderloin, (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup pitted and chopped fresh or frozen cherries
  • 1 cup cranberry juice, divided
  • ¼ cup whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Season turkey with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper and cook until golden brown on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn it over and transfer the pan to the oven. Roast until the turkey is no longer pink in the middle and registers 165°F on an instant-read thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the turkey to a clean cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm.
  3. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in the pan over medium-high heat. (Be careful, the handle will still be hot.) Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add cherries, ¾ cup cranberry juice, whiskey, thyme, mustard and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until reduced, about 4 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together the remaining ¼ cup juice and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 30 seconds. Slice the turkey and serve with the sauce.
  • Tip: Check the label to avoid turkey tenderloin “enhanced” with a sodium solution.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 211 calories; 4.0 g fat(0.0 g sat); 1.0 g fiber; 11.0 g carbohydrates; 29.0 g protein; 4.0 mcg folate; 45 mg cholesterol; 8.0 g sugars; 3.0 g added sugars; 30.0 IU vitamin A; 6.0 mg vitamin C; 18.0 mg calcium; 2.0 mg iron; 262 mg sodium; 125.0 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 4 lean meat

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