pork tenderloin with apples and onions recipe

Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions

This Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions is a delicious dinner that comes together in one pan! The pork is seared on the stove first, locking in its juices. Then it is finished off in the oven together with apples and onions. Together, they make the best flavor combo!

We have been in pandemic home mode, cooped up in our comfy, stretchy pants for almost a year now! With very few reasons to go out of the house these days, dressing up for a special night out is a distant memory. Honestly, I don’t even remember the last date night we had outside of our home.

We have been doing our best to have special evenings at home and they almost always revolve around food. Despite all of the sacrifices we have had to make this past year, I am so grateful that we have our health and good food to eat. I know we are fortunate for that.

Our latest date night menu consisted of pork tenderloin. I love a good pork and apple combo, so naturally, I decided to serve up our tenderloin apples and onions for a mouthwatering dish! The apples and onions caramelize as they cook, making them so delicious and even more amazing paired with the roasted pork! Yum, yum, yum!

The dish is easy to do and fun when you prep and cook with music playing, a glass of wine in hand and a handsome hubby to help. No fancy clothes made it into this date night though. We are in stretchy pant mode for the duration of this pandemic. Unless it is absolutely necessary to dress up, I don’t want to know if my jeans or dressy pants fit. Why ruin a perfectly good date night with that realization? No thanks.

Cooking for a family

I made this recipe for a date night for two, so I only used 1 lb of pork tenderloin. This recipe can be doubled to serve a family, with a few small adjustments to the recipe.

The first adjustment, if you are cooking up more than 1 tenderloin, you will need to pan sear them in batches (or have two skillets going which will save you some time).

You may also have to do this for the doubled apples and onions, although my skillet is large enough that I don’t have to.

To finish them off in the oven you can just place in the 2 skillets (if you are using 2) or transfer the apples, onions and pork into a larger roaster.

That is pretty much it. Still super easy to do!

How to make Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions

This recipe is started off on a stove top, searing the meat to lock in juices. Then it is finished off in the oven where the apples and onions caramelize to perfection!

To make this recipe as is (for 2-3 servings), you will need:

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 large apples, cut into thick slices (too thin and they will get too mushy as they cook)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F and season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.

Chop the apples and onions into large slices and set aside. Prepare the glaze by mixing all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and place the seasoned pork tenderloin into the center. Sear the tenderloin on all sides to get a nice golden brown colour. (Do not cook the tenderloin all the way through as it will finish off in the oven.) Remove the pork tenderloin from the pan and set it aside.

Add butter to the skillet. Place the apples and onions in the skillet and sprinkle with thyme. Cook until they begin to soften. Remove from heat.
Place the pork tenderloin on top of the apples and onions in the skillet. Pour the glaze over the tenderloin.

Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the tenderloin is cooked through. Remove from oven and let the pork tenderloin rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Peach Glaze
Baked Breaded Pork Chops
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Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Onions

Servings

3

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 large apples, cut into thick slices (too thin and they will get too mushy as they cook)

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

  • For the glaze:
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375F and season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  • Chop the apples and onions into large slices and set aside. Prepare the glaze by mixing all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and place the seasoned pork tenderloin into the center. Sear the tenderloin on all sides to get a nice golden brown colour. (Do not cook the tenderloin all the way through as it will finish off in the oven.) Remove the pork tenderloin from the pan and set it aside.
  • Add butter to the skillet. Place the apples and onions in the skillet and sprinkle with thyme. Cook until they begin to soften. Remove from heat.
  • Place the pork tenderloin on top of the apples and onions in the skillet. Pour the glaze over the tenderloin.
  • Place the skillet in the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the tenderloin is cooked through. Remove from oven and let the pork tenderloin rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
 

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