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This recipe sounds fancy, but it's really very simple and the ingredients are pantry staples. It won $10,000 in a California Raisin Competition, so I guess a few other people liked it too!


  • 1/3 cup cherry preserves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into half inch thick medallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Riesling or if preferred, white grape juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup California Natural Raisins


  • In a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid, combine cherry preserves, 1 tablespoon of the cilantro, ancho chile powder, sugar, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • Slice pork tenderloin cross-wise into 1 inch thick slices.
  • Place slices in a heavy-duty zip top bag and pound to about 3/4 inch thickness.
  • Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in large non-stick skillet.
  • Add almonds and cook almonds for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove almonds with a slotted spoon, leaving behind remaining oil.
  • Add pork medallions to skillet and cook for 2 minutes over medium heart.
  • Add 1/4 cup of the Riesling, and continue cooking pork for another 6 minutes, turning halfway, until pork is just cooked through.
  • Shake jar with cherry mixture and add to skillet.
  • Add raisins and stir over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken.
  • Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of Riesling.
  • Glaze pork medallions with sauce and place on serving platter.
  • Sprinkle with toasted almonds and remaining cilantro.

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