Pork Sandwich With Shaved Apple & Fennel Slaw

January 19, 2021
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Photo by Julia Gartland. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine. Food Stylist: Lauren LaPenna.
  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Cook time 22 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Celebrate winter produce with this simple but unique slaw that’s perfect as a sandwich topper. Crunchy shaved fennel and celery are mixed with tart Granny Smith apples for a bright hit of flavor and a fantastic blend of textures. The tangy mixture is balanced with a bit of honey and aromatic fresh mint. The salad stands on its own, but when paired with pork tenderloin and piled on soft, subtly sweet Arnold®, Brownberry®, or Oroweat® Potato Sandwich Buns, it makes for a pretty stellar meal.

Sear the pork until browned all over and then brush it liberally with Dijon mustard before roasting. I love it cooked to just-pink inside, but you can cook it to your preference. Let it rest before slicing thinly, and then pile it on a tender potato bun.

Pro tip: Make the pork tenderloin a day or two before and slice up the leftovers for quick and easy sandwiches throughout the week. You can also make the slaw the night before; just wait to stir in the mint until you’re ready to finish the sandwiches. —Sarah Wharton

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Arnold®, Brownberry®, and Oroweat®. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 4 Arnold®, Brownberry®, or Oroweat® Potato Sandwich Buns
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 pound)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium lemon, zested, plus 3 tablespoons juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 small bulb fennel, trimmed and halved
  • 1 medium stalk celery, peeled
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
  1. Heat the oven to 400˚F. Split the buns and place split-side up on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast until golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  2. Pat the pork tenderloin dry and sprinkle all over with 2 teaspoons salt.
  3. In a medium, oven-safe skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add tenderloin and cook until browned on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Brush all over with Dijon mustard, and transfer skillet to the oven. Roast until tenderloin reaches an internal temperature of 140˚F, about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Transfer to a cutting board to rest until temperature reaches 145˚F, about 5 minutes. (Tenderloin will be light pink inside.)
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the lemon zest and juice with honey, remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Thinly slice fennel, celery and apple with a mandoline or knife. Add to bowl and toss with dressing. Stir in mint just to combine.
  5. Slice the pork and divide between bottom buns. Top pork with fennel salad and add top buns. Serve immediately.

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2 Reviews

Rob T. February 27, 2021
I'm definitely going to try this. But I don't think I'm going to brown the buns 20 minutes before I actually want to use them. Might move back step to the end
Edie C. February 25, 2021
Pretty good for a quick dinner. I added some cabbage to the slaw because I had some to use. Lovely slaw but I think I may add some cayenne to the honey next time. Maybe we just like a little kick to things but that's what I was thinking through the whole meal.