New Year’s Day Pork Tenderloin and Sauerkraut

It’s important to set the right tone for the new year. It should be a reminder to slow down and eat well. We recommend you start with a deep and introspective dive into your favorite ingredients, pantry staples, and knowledge of local purveyors. Not only will your recipes taste better from the hands of locally sourced foods, but a new approach and sophistication to your cooking will inspire you for the year to come.

Our wonderful recipe creator, chef, and food stylist Veda Sankaran channeled our “buy fresh, buy local” passion into a collection of farm-driven recipes perfect for the new year or any season.

Visit our friends Beck & Bulow for the best pork or bison tenderloin in Santa Fe and many fine products for any occasion.

New Year’s Day Pork Tenderloin and Sauerkraut Recipe


2 ½ lb pork tenderloin or 2 smaller tenderloins

1 ½ tsp Spicewalla cracked coriander pepper mix*

¾ tsp black pepper**

¾ tsp Kashmiri chili powder

1 ½ tsp dark brown sugar

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp allspice berries, coarsely crushed

4 bay leaves

1 white onion, halved, thinly sliced, then cut into thirds

1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced

¾ tsp orange zest from approximately 1 large navel orange

1 ½ tbsp crushed garlic**

½ cup hard apple cider, such as After the Fall ciders

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

3 cups sauerkraut, drained

2 ½ cups chicken broth

1 tsp black pepper**

½ tsp dark brown sugar

1 ¾ cups cubed red potatoes


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Rub the coriander pepper spice mix, black pepper, Kashmiri chili powder, and brown sugar on all sides of the pork loin(s). Then, heat 3 tbsp of oil in a large Dutch oven. Once it is hot enough, sear the loins, remove, and set aside.
  3. In the same Dutch oven, add the allspice berries and bay leaves, followed by the onions. Stir and cook for a minute, before adding the sliced apples, garlic, and orange zest. Cook for an additional minute, before adding the hard apple cider, apple cider vinegar, and sauerkraut. Stir to combine everything.
  4. Lastly, pour in the chicken broth and sprinkle in the black pepper and brown sugar. Stir again and place the seared pork loin on top of the sauerkraut and apple mixture, pushing it down so it is partially submerged.
  5. Cover and place in the preheated oven to cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover and add the cubed potatoes, making sure they are submerged. Taste and add a little more brown sugar if needed to balance the sourness of the sauerkraut. Recover and place back in the oven for an additional 1 hour to finish cooking.

*Note 1: If you don’t have Spicewalla cracked coriander pepper mix, substitute with 1 tsp crushed coriander seeds, ½ tsp black peppercorn (crushed,) ¼ tsp paprika, pinch of mustard powder, rosemary, and thyme.

**Note 2: If using black pepper garlic tenderloins, you can omit both the black pepper and garlic from the recipe or keep it in based on your preference.

Round out your New Year’s Day feast with these innovative dishes from Veda Sankaran:

Soba Noodles in Vindaloo Sauce

Devils on Horseback and other great dips and starters

Meatballs in Cranberry Gochujang Sauce

Honey and Ghee Roasted Carrots

Recipes by Veda Sankaran / Photography by Dave Bryce / Styling by Keith Recker / Ceramics by Billy Ritter

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