Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce

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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.

Turkey Tenderloin with Whiskey-Cherry Sauce
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin, (see Tip)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup pitted and chopped fresh or frozen cherries

  • 1 cup cranberry juice, divided

  • 1/4 cup whiskey

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions
  1. 6 servings

  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over high heat. Season turkey with 1/4 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.

  4. 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, 3/4 cup cranberry juice, whiskey, thyme, mustard and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits, until reduced, about 4 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, stir together the remaining 1/4 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.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
6
Per serving
Calories
211
Carbohydrates
11g
Fat
4g
Saturated Fat
0g
Monounsaturated Fat
2g
Protein
29g
Cholesterol
45mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
124mg
Sodium
262mg
Added Sugars
3g
Exchanges
1 other carbohydrate
4 very lean meat
Carbohydrate Servings
1/2
Selenium (41% daily value).

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1 reply

PJS MOM
PJS MOM 2013-04-20 10:17:29 -0500 Report

I have never been much of a turkey lover, but this recipe has changed my mind. It's all in the cut of meat and the preparation. This is definitely going in my book of favorites.