Monday, March 5

Roast Pork with Baked Apples

Pork and apples live happily together in the culinary world. There flavors blend in a perfect balance, with a great complimentary textural balance. One of the greatest things to do it roast pork along with whole apples. Trust me with a dutch oven and a few fun ingredients you can make some dinner magic happen.

Serves 4-6
Full time: 60 minutes

You will need:

11/2 to 2 lb pork tenderloin
4 red apples
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp all spice
1/2 tbsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper

Let us begin:

Preheat oven to 350

Start your dutch oven heating over a medium range (if you don't have a dutch oven you can do this in two parts first in a saute pan and second in a baking dish) add in 2 tbsp butter

Brown off the pork tenderloin, to do this cook the sides of the tenderloin in the dutch oven for 3-5 minutes per side
While this brown, lets get the apples ready. Start by coring the apples, you don't want to peel them, the peels add a little extra stability when cooking
Now push 1 tbsp butter down into each core

Once the tenderloin is fullu browned, pour in the apple juice and sprinkle over salt and pepper

Gently push the tenderloin to the edges of the dutch oven and wedge apples into the center

Sprinkle over all spices and brown sugar

Cover and bake in oven for 45 miuntes or until pork temps out at 160, remove and let sit for 5 minutes to rest.

Serve in nice thick slices along with the apples.
On a little side note, when serving the apples: if you slide the skin off (it comes off very easily) you can mash up the inside for a fresh hot applesauce!