A couple of years ago when my parents were visiting, I made some pork chops that were served over apples and onions. I don’t remember the pork chops at all, but those apples and onions were magnificent. Sweet caramelized onions mixed with tangy apples—what’s not to love? Sadly, I lost the recipe.
So I took to the web in search of a new one. I found a few recipes that looked promising and gave them a whirl before I decreed them blog worthy. Oh, the things I do for you.
The apples and onions make your house smell heavenly. Honestly, the tenderloin was delicious, but I would have been happy with just a plate of the apples and onions. It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. A fat cat, a good book or show on TV, some yummy food and life is good.
TO PRINT RECIPE: Click on the print icon located with the other social media icons under my signature. It is the last icon. You can print the entire post or the recipe only.
Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions
Adapted from www.allrecipes.com
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth (Optional)
- 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a small sauce pan over low heat. Add one sliced garlic clove and rosemary and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Crush remaining 2 garlic cloves with salt and pepper to make a paste. Pierce meat with a sharp knife in several places and press the garlic paste into the openings. Rub the meat with the olive oil mixture.
- In an ovenproof skillet or pan over medium-high heat, brown the pork tenderloin, 2-3 minutes on each side. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.*
- Remove tenderloin to a platter and cover with aluminum foil. OPTIONAL: Heat the wine in the pan and stir to loosen browned bits of food on the bottom. Serve with pan juices.
- While the pork tenderloins cooks in the oven, make the apples and onions. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium-low heat and add onions. Cook for 15-20 minutes until caramelized. Add 1-2 tablespoons of butter, chopped apples and brown sugar. Cook another 10 minutes until apples are tender. Salt to taste.
- To serve: Place apples on a platter and top with thick slices of pork tenderloin and pan juices, if desired.
*I like my pork tenderloin medium or slightly pink inside. For a well-done pork tenderloin, bake an additional five minutes. Depending on the size and thickness of your tenderloin, your cooking times may differ. Here is a link to the National Pork Board for more information on cooking pork.