Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.
Melt butter in pan; Add apple slices; 1/3 cup shallots, and 1/8 tsp salt; saute 4 minutes or until apples starts to brown. Add apple cider to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until apple is crisp-tender. Stir in thyme leaves. Serve apple mixture with the pork.
This recipe previously ran in cooking light October, 2010 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.