Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pork Tenderloin with Apples, Onions, & Sweet Potatoes

I love a good pork tenderloin, and I also love pork with apples and onions.  So, this recipe is perfect for me!  I came across the idea for this one on Pinterest, but the original recipe involved a pork roast.  Now I won't lie- I do prefer tenderloin, but I also couldn't find a roast at the commissary last week, so I went with a tenderloin.  The result was delicious!  Pork always goes great with apples and onions, but I loved the addition of sweet potatoes as well.  The spices also give it a little kick, which makes the flavor profile even more interesting. The other great part of this meal?  It's essentially a one-pot (pan)-wonder.  Which makes prep and clean up super easy.  This is a really great easy but fancy meal that is also healthy and delicious!  Winning all around.  Here is what I did:

Pork Tenderloin with Apples, Onions, & Sweet Potatoes
(serves 2-3)
  • 1-1/2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 T olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1-2 apples, cut into large chunks
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • 1/4 t chili powder
  • salt and pepper (additional)
  • olive oil (additional) 
Preheat broiler to HIGH (or 500 degrees).  Rub pork with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Place on a foil-covered baking sheet and broil for about 15 minutes, flipping once.  You want to get a nice color on the meat.

While the meat broils, prepare apples, sweet potatoes, and onions.  Toss in a bowl with oil (enough to coat) and paprika, cumin, and chili powder.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once the pork is out, arrange the apples/veggies on the pan around the tenderloin.  Turn oven to 450 degrees and roast for 20-30 minutes.  The apples and sweet potatoes should be tender and the meat should be about 150 or 160 degrees internally.  Remove from the oven and allow the meat to rest about 10 minutes before slicing.
Serve sliced pork with apples, sweet potatoes, onions, and some of the juice spooned over top.  This meal should be enough on its own, but you can add a salad for even more veggies.  We enjoyed it as it is.  The flavors are terrific, it is super tender and juicy, and healthy!  Try this one out for sure, and enjoy!

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