Mustard-Apple Pork Loin

Here's another take on the flavors of the season---apples and apple cider. Both of these flavors, of course, pair well with pork. Pork loin is a particularly lean protein, especially if you take the time to trim any excess fat. Most of the time, I find it to be a bit pricey, but at the grocery store back home it was miraculously in-budget. Last night I cooked the pork loin in the crockpot (which is of course easy to do). . I don't personally believe that just chucking all the ingredients in the crock pot induces the best flavor, so one thing that I did to maximize flavor was to brown the pork in a pan, then deglaze the pan with the apple cider before placing it in the crockpot. Also, I used my very favorite type of apple, McIntosh apples, which I believe have the best flavor of all apples---sweet, tangy, and a little spicy. The apples turn into a chunky, savory applesauce studded with sweet onion. The pork was served with Parmesan roasted potatoes (recipe to
come).


Mustard-Apple Pork Loin

2 lb pork loin, trimmed of excess fat
1/2 tsp dried sage
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp dried sage
1 red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
2 medium apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch wedges
1/2 cup apple cider
1 tbsp coarse ground mustard
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (1 spring of thyme)

1. Pre-heat the crockpot over low or high heat, depending on the setting you want to cook the pork on.
2. Sprinkle the pork with sage, salt, and pepper. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, then spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the pork and brown on all sides.
3. Remove the pork to the crockpot. Add the onions, apples, apple cider, and mustard to the pan the pork was browned in; allow the onions to become translucent and scrape up the browned bits from the pork on the bottom of the pan.
4. Pour the hot apple mixture onto the pork; sprinkle with thyme. Cook the pork on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Slice the pork and serve it with the apples, onions, and jus.

Servings per recipe: 8
Per serving:
Calories: 306
Fat: 15.9 g
Saturated fat: 5.9 g
Cholesterol: 91 mg
Sodium: 72 mg
Carbohydrates: 8 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Sugar: 5.8 g
Protein: 31.2 g

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