Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce is a divine flavor combination of bitter and sweet!

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce

Cherries for Days

Not that long ago I found myself with pounds of fresh cherries. What to do with all of them? Pies, jam, ice cream, smoothies, cherries by the handful. While brainstorming about what else I could do, I had a brilliant idea! Dark cherry wine sauce with some kind of pork. Pork tenderloin seemed the best choice. The sauce would be slightly sweet, so a savory crust for the pork would be perfect. I’ve made coffee crusted pork tenderloin before and loved it.

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce

Pork tenderloin is a fairly inexpensive cut of meat and the addition of the sauce makes it spectacular. The sweetness from the cherries compliments the bitterness from the coffee beautifully. However, there are a few tips to getting a pork tenderloin cooked perfectly.

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce

Meat is one thing that I consistently cook well. I’ve watched enough Food Network and read enough cookbooks to have picked up some tricks.

  1. Remove the silver skin from the tenderloin. This is super important. It is a tough, connective tissue that becomes even tougher and fibrous. You can forget about chewing it.
  2. Give it some time to marinate. A lot of meats benefit from a bit of time. The coffee and balsamic vinegar keep the roast moist and tender while giving it a rich flavor.
  3. I always sear my pork tenderloin for a couple minutes on each side in a hot pan before putting it in the oven to continue cooking.
  4. Check the temperature. No one wants to eat undercooked or overcooked meat.
  5. Always let the meat sit before cutting. It’s vital in keeping those juices in.

This is a pork recipe you will find yourself coming back to again and again. It’s perfect for family or guests. If you don’t have cherries, blackberries also work well for the sauce, but the pork is good, even on its own!

Happy Gluten Free Eating!

Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce
Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Red Wine Sauce
Amanda Kanashiro
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  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    Cherry Wine Sauce
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halfed
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vingegar
  • 1/3 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  1. Remove silver skin from tenderloin.
  2. Mix together all marinade ingredients. Rub over pork and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Remove pork and let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Preheat oven safe skillet over medium heat.
  6. Sear pork on each side for 2 minutes to form a crust.
  7. Place pan in over to continue cooking for 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Cover with foil and allow to sit 10- 15 minutes while you prepare cherry sauce.
  10. Combine cherries, wine, balsamic vinegar, chicken broth and salt in sauce pan, bring to simmer.
  11. Simmer for 5 minutes or until reduced.
  12. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  13. Serve over sliced pork.

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Cookie Popcorn Balls (Gluten Free)

Easy, gluten free cookie popcorn balls make the ultimate movie night snack!Cookie Popcorn Balls

This post is sponsored by Goodie Girl Cookies. All opinions are my own.

Movie Night

Who doesn’t love movie night? While going to the movies is fun, I love staying home, making snacks, and cuddling everyone up on the couch. Plus, when I do movie night at home I can make sure that all the snacks are gluten free!

We love popcorn and love cookies, so I thought why not bring them together! Popcorn balls have always been a childhood favorite and they are the perfect movie night snack. Just the right combo of sweet and salty.

Cookie Popcorn BallsFudge Striped Deliciousness

When I was a kid I loved the cookies with a hole in the middle. I would put them on my finger and eat around them. Now my fingers are to big, and since being diagnosed with Celiac, I hadn’t found a similar cookie- until now.

Goodie Girl just came out with a fudge striped gluten free cookie and it’s amazing. It’s the cookie part of these cookie popcorn balls. It adds a chocolaty cookie crunch.

Right now they are only available at Walmart and online, if you see them be sure to grab a pack (HERE is a coupon!)- my gluten eating husband killed a whole package! Not only are they gluten free, but they are also peanut free and this flavor of Goodie Girl Cookies is also egg free.

Cookie Popcorn Balls

Cookie Popcorn Balls

These are so easy to make, you are going to wonder why you never thought to do this before!

Start with the cookies and crush them all up. Then melt some butter and add marshmallows. I know- normally you would heat some sugar and measure with a candy thermometer, but I opted for a much easier method. Marshmallows work perfectly! Then just toss together the melted marshmallows, popcorn, and cookies. Make sure your hands are greased before you shape it into balls.

I made this video to show just how easy it is. It honestly takes less than 15 minutes to throw this snack together.


Your next movie night isn’t complete without these cookie popcorn balls. They are also perfect for school bake sales, lunch box snacks, or just for whenever. Wrap them up in plastic wrap for a quick snack later.

By the way- Goodie Girl is also giving away an awesome WonderWoman movie pack this month. I’d love if one of my readers one- be sure to go enter HERE. It was an amazing movie. I wasn’t sure I would be into it, but I was hooked!

So tell me- What is your go to movie snack?

Cookie Popcorn Balls
Cookie Popcorn Balls
Amanda Kanashiro
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Average: 5/5
16 ratings

  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups popped popcorn (one bag microwaved)
  • 1/2-3/4 cups chopped gluten free cookies (I used Goodie Girl fudge striped)

  1. Melt butter and marshmallows over medium heat.
  2. Pour over popcorn, toss to combine.
  3. Add chopped cookies.
  4. Toss to combine.
  5. Let cool slightly.
  6. Using greased hands, shape into balls.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap to store.

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