Caramelized Pork Loin with Apples

pork-loin-apple Recipe
Leigh Beisch
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.


12 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork with apples and onion)

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hours

Nutritional 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


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


1. Preheat oven to 425°.

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.


Elizabeth J. Taliaferro,

October 2004
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