Years ago, I served these Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce on Christmas Eve. But this gourmet entree is easy enough for a week night!  

Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce on a white plate garnished with thyme

Apple Topped Pork Medallions

For years, these fabulous apple topped pork medallions were our traditional Christmas Eve dinner. As a child, I was  more likely to have a steaming bowl of oyster stew. My three sisters and I would be buzzing with excitement around our dining room table in anticipation of midnight Mass and Santa’s arrival. We relished this special meal and my mom would buy oyster crackers, another once a year treat.

No oyster fans in this house besides me, so with beef on tap for Christmas, this entree hit the mark perfectly for Christmas Eve. The Calvados cream sauce wasn’t too shabby, either!

Close view of Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce

Calvados Cream Sauce

The apples were cooked with a sprinkling of sugar and butter, then the pork was sauteed with more butter! But what pushed this easy dinner recipe over the top was the simple cream sauce spiked with Calvados, a French apple brandy and a sprinkle of fresh thyme. Much as I wanted to drizzle this Calvados cream sauce right into my mouth, I restrained myself and saved it for the pork!

Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce on a dinner plate with fresh thyme and a bamboo handle fork

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My only complaint was probably due to user error. When I cranked the heat to try to brown the pork, and definitely went over the safe temperature, I caught a faint aroma resembling burnt plastic. Keeping your pan at medium heat, as recommended, should prevent this from happening.

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Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce | A gourmet entree that's easy enough for a weeknight!

Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings

An easy, restaurant-worthy entree!


  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch slices and pounded into medallions
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup apple brandy, I used Calvados
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup apple cider


Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet.  Add the apples and sugar and cook over medium high heat till golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan.
Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in skillet.  Season pork with salt and pepper and saute over medium high heat, till cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.  Remove from pan and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add last tablespoon of butter to skillet.  Cook shallots over medium heat til soft, about 2 minutes.  Add thyme, then Calvados.  Scrape up browned bits and allow Calvados to reduce to a glaze.  Stir in cream and cider and cook till thickened, about 3 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Reheat apples.  Arrange pork on plate, garnish with apples, and top with cream sauce.


Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 153mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 22gProtein: 11g


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Apple Topped Pork Medallions with Calvados Cream Sauce | A gourmet entree that's easy enough for a weeknight!Disclosure: I was given a Zyliss saute pan to review and one to giveaway. I was not paid to write this post or review this pan. All opinions are my own.