Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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Well hello! How is everyone holding up in the summer heat so far? Today I am sharing with you one of my new favorite ways to cook pork. For those of you who don’t know, roasting a pork loin is actually my favorite main to make for dinner. And I know no one wants to turn on the oven in this heat, but I’m telling you, this one is worth it! AND, I promise to post some cold dishes soon.

Also, before we dive into this yummy recipe, I wanted to let y’all know I have an Instagram account now and I try to post to it several times a week with different things I’m cooking and some of the delightful treats I make at work. Check it out!  AND, if you love reading my blog, do me a solid and subscribe to it, so you never miss a post. You’ll receive an email every time I post a new article.

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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 c frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 2 Gala apples
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat an oven proof skillet or pan to medium high heat. Add 1 1/2 tsp of oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Coat the pork with salt and pepper and add to hot pan. Brown the sides of the pork for 4 minutes, turning so that all sides are browned.

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Just look at that lovely browned pork; brown food is good food!

After browning the pork put the pork in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. The thickest part of the pork should be 145 degrees.  The pork can also be tested for doneness by making  a small cut in the middle of the pork loin and checking that the juices run clear rather than cloudy.

While the pork is cooking, prep the apples and onions to make a delicious sauce. First let’s talk about these guys; pearl onions.

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So here’s the thing; if you can find a bag of frozen pearl onions, you should use those opposed to unfrozen ones that need to be peeled, because as it turns out these are actually a huge nuisance to peel. SO, if you cannot find frozen pearl onions, I recommend slicing up a yellow onion instead.

Ok, back to our sauce; first either pat dry the frozen pearl onions or chop up a yellow onion so that you have 1 1/2 cups of onions. Next slice up 2 Gala apples. For this recipe I like thin slices so that they cook up quickly.

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Next dissolve the flour into the chicken broth.

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When the pork is done, remove it from the pan and let it rest on a plate.

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Using the same pan that the pork was cooked in, saute the onions and apples over medium high heat for 2 minutes or until the onions are browned and the apples are cooked.  Next add the broth and fresh thyme to the pan and bring to a boil   scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the broth is reduced to 1/4 c (about one minute).

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Stir in vinegar and butter and remove from heat.  Finally, cut the pork loin into slices and serve with the apple and onion sauce.

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Serve with a glass of chilled white wine and a green veggie side and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal. Enjoy!


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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

adapted from Cooking Light Magazine

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 c frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 2 Gala apples
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat an oven-proof skillet to medium high heat. Add 1 1/2 tsp of oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Coat the pork with salt and pepper and add to the hot pan. Brown the sides of the pork for 4 minutes, turning so that all sides are browned.

After browning the pork put the pork in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. The thickest part of the pork should be 145 degrees. The pork can also be tested for doneness by making  a small cut in the middle of the pork loin and checking that the juices run clear rather than cloudy.

While the pork is cooking; thinly slice the apples. Next pour the chicken broth into a liquid measuring cup and dissolve the flour in the broth using a whisk or fork, set aside

When the pork is done, remove it from the pan and let it rest on a plate.

Using the same pan that the pork was cooked in, saute the onions and apples over medium high heat for 2 minutes or until the onions are browned and the apples are cooked.  Next add the broth and fresh thyme to the pan and bring to a boil scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until the broth is reduced to 1/4 c (about one minute).

Stir in vinegar and butter and remove from heat. Finally, cut the pork loin into slices and serve with the apple and onion sauce.

 

Gazpacho inspired by Samuel L.

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Inspired by a commercial with Samuel L Jackson (the one for the iPhone 4/Siri), and the weather getting hotter and hotter here in Charleston, I decided this week was a good week to try making some gazpacho. I did a quick search for recipes online. Did you know that there are at least a gazillion gazpacho recipes online? I finally decided to ask my Mom to send me the recipe she used.

Now let me tell you something about the way my Mom cooks; firstly, my Mom is an awesome cook for many reasons but one of them being that she is flexible.

When she looks at a recipe she adjusts it to what she has in the house or what she thinks will taste better. So when she sent me the recipe she uses, she also sent me the modifications she has made. When I looked at both, I also decided to make some modifications of my own.

So here is my gazpacho recipe that has been twice adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller et all.

Gazpacho

Adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller et all

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 3 c vegetable juice (such as V-8)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
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  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp rooster hot sauce
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

If making in a food processor;

Cut all vegetables into large chunks and puree to the desired texture using a food processor.

If making in a blender;

Coarsely chop all vegetables. Add veggies and a small amount of tomato juice to the blender and chop into a smoother texture. Pour into a bowl when finished blending. With so many vegetables I had to do the blending in 3-4 batches.

Pour most of the vegetable mixture into a bowl and set aside, leaving 2 cups in the food processor or blender. Add garlic, salt, pepper, hot sauce, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, basil, and thyme to the reserved mixture and puree together until well combined. Combine the two mixtures in the bowl. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 24 hours.

The soup can be served by itself or with a dollop of greek yogurt and/or diced avocados. 

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Gazpacho

Adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller et all

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 3 c vegetable juice (such as V-8)
  • 1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
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  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp rooster hot sauce
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • juice from 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried thyme

Directions:

Coarsely chop all vegetables. Working in batches if needed, add veggies and a small amount of tomato juice to a blender or food processor and blend into a smoother texture. Pour all but 2 cups of the blended vegetables into a bowl when finished blending.

Add garlic, salt, pepper, hot sauce, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, basil, and thyme to the reserved mixture and puree together until well combined. Adjust seasonings to taste. Combine the two mixtures in the bowl. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 24 hours.

The soup can be served by itself or with a dollop of greek yogurt and/or diced avocados.