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Caramelized Pork Loin with Apples

Leigh Beisch
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 1 hr
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork with apples and onion)
Make a low-fat pork entree that's perfect for entertaining by roasting a pork loin in a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and apples. Note that the sugar coating can burn if the roast isn't turned often enough.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork loin, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 medium onions, cut into wedges
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 Rome apples, cut into wedges

Nutrition Information

  • calories 199
  • fat 7 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 21 g
  • carbohydrate 12 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 61 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 123 mg
  • calcium 28 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

    Peeling, Coring, and Chopping an Apple
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl.

  3. Rub garlic over surface of trimmed pork loin. Heat a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add pork and onion; cook 10 minutes or until browned on all sides, turning occasionally.

  4. Place the pork in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over roast. Arrange the onion around pork, and drizzle with vinegar. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes.

  5. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add apples, and sauté 5 minutes or until golden.

  6. Remove the pork from oven, and arrange apples around pork; reduce heat to 350°, and cook an additional 20 minutes or until pork is done.

  7. Pour pan drippings into a medium saucepan, and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 14 minutes). Drizzle over pork, apples, and onion.