Hi! I’m Rachel from Rachel Cooks — a blog devoted to family-friendly recipes. As a wife to a high school principal and a mom to two energetic toddlers, more often than not, I don’t have a ton of time to spend cooking a big fancy dinner. The food I create is easy to get on the table and made with ingredients that you can find in your grocery store even if you have a small child chatting your ear off.
When I was approached by Better Homes and Gardens to choose a recipe from their online collection to recreate, it was a hard decision! There are so many terrific, mouth-watering recipes. Ultimately, I chose one that was easy to prepare, seasonally appropriate, and nutritious. The recipe I chose was Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions. This time of year, I cannot get enough of apples. One of my favorite things to with my family is go to the apple orchard every year. We take photos, pick out a pumpkin, drink hot apple cider and eat a freshly fried donut. I look forward to it all year. I love the crisp air and the smell of sweet apples. I loved that this pork tenderloin recipe contained apples — apples are the perfect compliment to pork — they add a great sweetness and fresh flavor to the pork.
I kept this recipe pretty much the way it was written (why mess with a good thing?), except I doubled it because I knew we’d all love it. (Side note: Leftovers of this freeze and reheat great!) One thing I did do was pound out the pork tenderloin slices a little bit to make them extra tender. To do this, I lay them all out on a cutting board and then cover with plastic wrap. I then pound them with the flat side of a meat tenderizer until they are all about 1/4 of an inch thick. They do take up a little more space in the pan this way, so you might have to cook the pork in batches. Since I pounded mine as well as doubling the recipe, I had to cook mine in a about 3 batches. If you find the bottom of your pan is becoming a bit too brown, throw in a dash of the apple cider vinegar and scrape the pan with a spatula. You can then add a little more oil as needed to finish cooking the rest of your pork.
This recipe is simple enough that it would be fun to try some twists on it. If I could have gotten to the store before preparing this, I might have bought some fennel to add to this. I think that would be terrific. I also think it would be great to add in a sprinkle of cinnamon. I served this alongside roasted squash and some brown rice. I felt as though I had died and gone to fall heaven.
I hope you love this Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions as much as we did!
If you’re still craving more pork tenderloin, try these recipes:
- Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
- Balsamic Pork and Dumplings
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Papaya Salsa
- Pork Tenderloin with Red Mole
- Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce