Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Apple-Crusted Roast Pork Loin

Roasting a pork loin is a really quick and easy way to get a somewhat elegant dinner on the table without a ton of work. It's so simple in fact that I usually like to dress mine up with a crust or some sort of spice rub on the outside. The little added effort makes such a difference in the end result.

This recipe is a great one for the start of fall as it makes use of apples and sage in the crust. Dijon mustard is used as a "primer" of sorts to help everything stick to the meat. Variations on this crust are definitely encouraged!

Apple-Crusted Roast Pork Loin

1 lb pork loin
2 T dijon mustard
2 small apples
6 sage leaves
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450*
Peel and core the apples. Cut the apples into chunks and place in a food processor with the sage leaves. Pulse until everything is finely chopped. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the pork loin. Coat pork loin with the dijon mustard. Spread the apple mixture on a piece of plastic wrap and roll pork loin in the apple mixture to fully coat. Place on a baking sheet lined with a silpat and bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

15 comments:

Swedish Mike said...

This looks awesome, you've managed to get all the important pieces into one here really. Pork, apple and mustard. Genius! :)

// Mike

Hopie said...

I just made a pork roast with apples last night! We must be psychically linked ;-) Your version looks delicious, mine was more a smothered in gravy-type affair...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Jessica,
Just popped in from Dine & Dish. I must say, you have a lovely blog and that pork roast looks, well, outta sight!

Good luck trying to keep the balance. It appears you are on the right track...

Parker said...

Really nice recipe. Pork with apple and dijon mustard are such a wonderful combination. Again beautiful photos.

ttfn300 said...

Mmmmmm :)

Meg said...

What a wonderful blend of flavors!

Michele said...

I've never tried sage with pork. Goodness knows that I've put it in most everything else. Great idea for dressing up a pork loin!

Joanna Vaughan's Cape Cod Photoblog said...

I'm so glad I checked your blog today. My father in law gave us a pork loin on Sunday and I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. This recipe looks so easy! I don't even think I need to get anything at the store!

Erica said...

yum o. Everything you make looks soooo good. In two weeks, I'm going to have an all bloggers recipe week (where I make only recipes I've seen on other blogs)...I am going to make one of yours! It took me so long to pick one :)

Annie said...

Yum yum yum! And so easy too!

Joanna Vaughan's Cape Cod Photoblog said...

Just had this tonight and it was awesome! My kids loved it too. So easy and delicious!

Kristen said...

I think this would make a great substitution for turkey at Thanksgiving! Yum!
We roast pork loin often, but this recipe is new to me. Thanks for sharing it!

hot garlic said...

I'm so with you on those little details that aren't much effort but really pay off! I always try to find them and utilize them too. This looks amazing!! {and easy}

janetching said...

Another lovely recipe, I am hungry already!

janetching said...

Another lovely recipe, I am hungry already!