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Allagash White Beer - Brined Pork Tenderloin Salad
with Apples and Celery

2007 Appetizer Finalist
Recipe by Abigaile Avey

Yields 6 Servings


For the Pork

  • Pork Tenderloins, 2 trimmed of all fat and tissue
  • Vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon for browning
  • Salt and pepper

For the Brine

  • Allagash White, 24 ounces
  • Cider Vinegar, 2 ounces
  • Kosher or other coarse salt, 2 ounces
  • Dark brown sugar, 1 ounce
  • Whole grain mustard, 1 teaspoon
  • Black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon
  • Bay leaves, 2
  • Cinnamon stick, 1

For the beer Vinaigrette:

  • Extra virgin olive oil, 4 ounces
  • Cider vinegar, 2 ounces
  • Allagash White, 1 teaspoon
  • Whole grain mustard, 1 teaspoon
  • Honey, 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon

For the Apple and Celery Salad:

  • 2 small apples cored and julienne (cut into thin strips)
  • 3 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  1. In a sauce pot combine the ingredients for the brine and heat to dissolve the salt and sugar. Cool.
  2. Cover the pork tenderloins with the cooled brine and cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare the vinaigrette and reserve at room temperature.
  4. Prepare the apples and celery. Soak the apples in leftover beer from the vinaigrette for no more than 10 minutes.
  5. Remove pork from the brine and wipe off the excess marinade. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pre- heat an oven to 450°. Heat a frying pan on medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil and swirl in pan. Sear the pork on all sides. Place on a baking tray with a rack. Cook until the pork has reached an internal temperature of 155°. Remove the pork and the rack from tray and let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Drain the apples and toss with the sliced celery and the vinaigrette.
  8. Slice the roast pork into ¼ inch slices and cut into ¼ inch strips. Toss the strips with the rest of the salad. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve

Place a mound of the salad on the center of a plate and drizzle 1 tablespoon of the vinaigrette around. Serve cold or room temperature.

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