Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Apple Pork Loin

My Mom introduced me to this recipe about 2 weeks ago, the night before we left for Yellowstone to be exact. It's a recipe from Emril that was on Good Morning America, but his recipe had prunes....YUCK! So my mom changed it and took out the prunes. It turned out absolutely delicious!
I loved this recipe so much that I wanted Dusty to try it, so I made it last week. He loved it too! We concluded that this is the perfect recipe for a crisp fall day.

This is what you are going to need:
-1 1/4 cup Apple Cider
-2 1/2 lb Boneless Pork Loin
-2 tsp Salt
-1 tsp Pepper
-3 tbsp Olive Oil
-2 small Onions-cut into 1/2 inch wide wedges
-2 Pink Lady or Honeycrisp Apples-peeled,cored and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
-2 cloves Garlic-sliced
-1/4 cup Chicken Broth
-2 tsp dried Thyme (or 4 fresh Thyme sprigs)
-2 tbsp Cider Vinegar
-4 tbsp cold Butter


First preheat the oven to 325 degrees and then heat the olive oil in your Dutch Oven over high heat. While you are waiting for the oil to heat up, season the pork loin with salt and pepper on both sides.

When the oil is hot and ready, add the pork loin and brown on both sides (which takes approximately 4 minutes on each side). Then remove it from the Dutch Oven and place it on a baking sheet or platter.

Reduce the heat to Medium and add the onions, apples and garlic.
Caramelize them for about 3 minutes until they turn a slight golden brown. Then add 1-1/4 cup of apple cider and bring it to a boil. The smell of this combination reminds me of my moms homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving! It's heaven!

Return the Pork Loin to the Dutch Oven and nestle it in with the onions and apples. Add 2 tsp of Thyme and bring it to a simmer. Cover the Dutch Oven and transfer it to the oven. Cook the pork loin for 40-50 minutes until the pork is cooked all the way through....NO PINK!
Once the pork done cooking, remove the Dutch Oven from the oven and place the pork loin back onto the platter.

This next part is where the magic happens, trust me.
Turn the heat up to Medium-High and bring the apple/onion mixture to a boil to slightly reduce the mixture. Add the cider vinegar, salt and pepper and then stir to combine. Reduce the heat to Medium-Low to allow the sauce to simmer...not boil. Next, add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time while stirring until it is completely combine. Remove the sauce from the heat.

Cut the pork loin into thin slices and spoon TONS of sauce on top of it. You must have tons of suace because it is that good!
Enjoy!

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