Mustard pork fillet with apple lentils & herb aioli

Mustard pork fillet with apple lentils & herb aioli

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level



Serves 6

An elegant dinner party dish which is inexpensive and easy to prepare

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 1kg pork loin fillet
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • small bunch tarragon, chopped
  • 350g Puy lentils
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 200g jar good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • green beans, to serve

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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Rub the pork with a tbsp of oil, add some seasoning, then seal the outside of the meat all over in a hot frying pan. Transfer the pork to a baking sheet, brush the outside with the mustard, then press on half of the tarragon and cook for 20 mins. Remove from the oven and cover with foil for 5 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the lentils in the stock until just tender, about 12 mins, drain, then toss with the remaining olive oil, half the lemon juice and the apple.
  3. To make the aioli, mix the mayo, garlic, lemon zest and remaining juice and tarragon with some seasoning, then set aside. Slice the pork into thick slices and serve on a platter with the lentils, a bowl of aioli to dip into and some green beans.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2011

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hukerjohn's picture
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Nice and quick - I was only cooking for two so adjusted the quantities to suit. Rather than the mustard and tarragon, I went for whole grain mustard, honey, pepper, a little salt and some thyme. I also added some softened celery and red onion into the lentils. Finally, I used thyme in the alioli with lime juice and no zest - all in all, very tasty. I felt, for the size of loin I'd bought, 20 minutes was too long in the oven 17 or 18 minutes would have sufficed.

Next time, I'll definitely try adding black pudding to the lentils as Jayno recommends.

m_richardson73's picture
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Very simple and quick recipe with good results; I used half quantities as only two people and it worked well. I would however only recommend 125 - 150g of lentils for two as the 175g was a little too much left over. Overall a great combination of flavours and textures - highly recommended from a time vs result point of view!

jaynewestwood's picture

I used this recipe with about half the pork fillet as it was for 3 of us so played around with the quantities a bit. I used about 1/3rd of a pack of tarragon and this was my limit. I like the flavour but not too strong. The pork was very tasty (also used English mustard). The alioli was pure guesswork on my part as I was only making for a couple of us I didn't go to the trouble of measuring and reducing. It was nice but not anything special. The lentils however were wonderful. Make sure you use puy - they are great. I took Jayno's tip and cooked them with some onion and celery and they were lovely. My apple cubes being pale and much larger then the lentils did not look do good but dud taste nice. Next time I would grate the apple so you get the taste without spiking the appearance. Will definitely be doing the lentils again, pork - probably, alioli - doubtful.

peterandjane96's picture
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This recipe has become one of our all time favourite dinner party recipes when time is limited. It is really tasty and the tarragon in the aioli complements the pork fillet very well. I jazzed up the lentils by softening shallots and diced celery in a little olive oil, then adding a glass of white wine and bubbling to reduce to virtually no liquid before adding the lentils and stock. Also have added some diced and fried black pudding to the lentils for texture which made an interesting addition.