• Almond Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins

    by  • January 24, 2014 • main dishes • 4 Comments

     If you need a quick weekend entree to impress guests, this Almond Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins is the recipe that will save the night! Quick and flavorful, the components will leave your guests wondering how long you’ve slaved in the kitchen. Your answer? Not long at all! 

    Almond Crusted Pork Loin

    Ever get tired of eating the same food week in and week out? Whether you’re an organized, weekly menu planner kind of person or a spur of the moment, “whatever was available” gal or guy, as human beings we tend to stick with what we know and love. We’ll eat orzo with parmesan for weeknights on end (ask my husband) or make grilled chicken breasts over and over again because ‘it’s easy’. When you’re a chef 6 months out of the year, working 16 hour days, the last thing you want to do is think about what to make for dinner.

    But as a food blogger, food is my everyday life. Whether I’m shooting a new recipe or researching new trends in the market, I’m constantly trying to be inspired by it all! This winter, I’m pushing my limits and getting this inspiration to transfer to daily meals. The ones we don’t blog about, the ones that are consumed as soon as they hit the table. And this almond crusted pork loin was one of those, one that was photographed the day after because we had leftovers and it was too good not to share!

    Almond Pork Loin

    Pork is one of our favorite proteins to consume at home and when we go out at restaurants. I’d say we consume some sort of pork product 6 our of 7 days a week. Whether it’s bacon in our omelets or pork chops for dinner, we just love the variety of pork products available. One of our latest favorites that we’ve been working with is Smithfield’s marinated pork tenderloins, which come in the following flavors: Garlic & Herb, Peppercorn Garlic, Portobello Mushroom, Teriyaki, Golden Rotisserie, Mesquite, Rosemary & Olive Oil.

    For this recipe, we used the Rosemary & Olive Oil, which paired perfectly with the dried rosemary and almond crust we rolled it in. Not only are the tenderloins extremely flavorful, but they cook in approximately 30 minutes – making for a quick meal! Remember the new temperature for pork is 145F, so make sure not to overcook it! 

    To top it all off, we made a quick sauce using plump raisins cooked in our favorite red wine and a splash of maple syrup! The raisins absorb some of the wine, but cook down to a syrupy-goodness that pairs perfectly well with the pork. This sauce can also be made with stone fruit like pitted cherries, apricots, and even apples!

    Red Wine Grapes over Almond Crusted Pork Loin

     The fantastic thing about this recipe is how adaptable it is – just make sure you start with these marinated pork tenderloins, since they are literally infused with flavor. But change up the flavors in the crust however you’d like! Don’t have almonds? Use walnuts or cashews! Don’t love rosemary? Throw in some dried thyme or oregano! Hope you make this recipe for dinner this weekend!

    Need more inspiration on how to use these pork loins? 

    Pork Medallions with Mushroom Marsala Sauce by bell’alimento

    Low Carb Cubano Sandwich by All Day I Dream About Food

    Apple Cheddar and Pork Tenderloin Panini by Eclectic Recipes

    Almond Crusted Pork Loin with Red Wine Raisins

    Prep Time: 20 minutes

    Cook Time: 1 hour

    Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

    Yield: Serves 6-8

    Almonds and herbs crust this pork loin for a delicious weekend meal to serve family and friends.


    • 1 Smithfield Rosemary & Olive Oil pork loin
    • For the crust
    • 2/3 cup raw almonds
    • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
    • For the red wine raisins
    • 1 cup plump raisins
    • 1 cup red wine
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


    1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. Grind almonds and stir in rosemary, chopped parsley, and salt.
    3. Press this mixture onto the pork loin, making sure to cover all sides.
    4. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, until internal temperature reaches 145F.
    5. To make red wine raisins: simmer raisins, wine, and maple syrup until reduced to 1/4 cup. This takes about 15 minutes.
    6. Serve slices of crusted pork loin over your favorite whole grain, in this case farro, and drizzle with red wine raisins.

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Smithfield and I was compensated for my time. Opinions are 100% my own, as always. 


    As a freelance food & travel writer, I not only write for my own food blog, Cooking with Books, but collaborate with SheKnows, Honest Cooking, Marcus Samuelsson, and Startle – Forbes Travel Guide. My work has been published (online and in print) in Woman’s Day, NBC Latino, and other food publications.


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    3. January 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Oh my… that looks gorgeous Marnely!!! I adore pork. It’s so juicy and delicious when it’s cooked to just be a little bit pink in the centre (yours looks perfect!). The almond crust sounds divine. Thanks for sharing this quick and wonderful recipe! x

    4. January 24, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      I ADORE pork and think it gets overlooked way too often! Marking this to try this weekend or early next week. It looks crazy amazing!

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