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BHG Guest Blogger

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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:

Quick and Easy Pork Recipes

 


BHG Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger: Pesto Veggie Gyro

Hi! I’m Brandy from the blog Nutmeg Nanny. I’m a small town girl who left the cornfields of Ohio for the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley region of New York. My food is influenced by my small town roots as well as my many travels around the world. This means I love everything from roast chicken to kimchi.

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

Growing up we always had meat as our main dish. My father was an avid hunter so the freezer was always stocked. When I moved away to New York I started experimenting with meatless meals and found a new love in roasted and grilled vegetables. That’s why I knew when I saw the recipe for Pesto Veggie Gryro I had to give it a try! Who doesn’t love a main dish that includes directions to smother the entire thing in pesto? Hello delicious!

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

I read through the recipe and even though I liked it as is I couldn’t help but make a few changes. I love making homemade pesto and have made a few on the blog as well. My personal favorite was beet green pesto but my husband puts his vote in for my garlic scape pesto. Either one is delicious in my book! For this pesto I knew I wanted to add a little mint because I have been using it like crazy is almost every single dish I have been making. It brings such a lovely fresh flavor to almost any dish. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of mint. Fresh mint doesn’t leave a strong peppermint flavor like most things that are flavored with mint oil. I also decided to throw in a little extra arugula into the pesto because the peppery bite seemed to balance to the brightness of the mint.

Sadly I couldn’t find Halloumi cheese like in the original recipe so instead I used some salty feta. While I think the use of grilled cheese sounds lovely I was perfectly happy with the feta addition.

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

Trust me, if you’re looking for a way to add a little more vegetables to your life you have to give this recipe a try. It’s the perfect combination of smokey grilled vegetables, salty feta and flavor packed pesto. Plus I wrapped it up in a mini pita bread so it automatically gets a gold star in my book. Who doesn’t love mini food?

 


Erin Gleeson

Let’s Party: Entertaining with Quiche

Whenever I host a brunch party, I love making quiche. It’s a simple way to serve eggs to a crowd and it feels a little special. Plus, it’s easily made ahead and delicious even as it cools.

This BHG Quiche recipe is amazing because it’s so adaptable- you can literally add anything to the egg mixture!

Some filling ideas:

  • sliced or grated zucchini squash
  • big slices of tomato
  • pesto and goat cheese
  • caramelized red onions
  • sausage and fresh herbs
  • scallions (green onions)

The list is endless! And it’s great because you can also just use whatever you have in the fridge. I usually cook the veggies or meat before adding it to the quiche to assure it’s fully cooked when the egg mixture is set. I use a pre-made pie crust, but you could certainly make your own.

For the version above, I added ribbons of yellow zucchini squash to the egg mixture, plus grated jack cheese, and a sprinkling of thyme. I made the ribbons of squash using a potato peeler, running it lengthwise down the squash. You could also use a mandolin. Another idea is to simply add big slices of tomato and grated cheese, like below.

Click here for the recipe. Happy brunching!

Photos and illustration by Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast, a cookbook and blog inspired by living in a cabin in the woods.


Delish Dish Editor

in-season eats: cranberry sauce with persimmons

Happy Thanksgiving! Erin from The Forest Feast here, sending greetings from my family’s annual celebration in Santa Barbara, CA. My husband Jonathan and I left the woods and headed for the beach where we’re spending the weekend cooking, eating, and surfing with lots of relatives at my aunt and uncle’s beach house. This is my absolute favorite holiday! We spend all day cooking in their dreamy kitchen overlooking the ocean while the turkey cooks on the BBQ outside.

This year, we are shaking up the menu a bit with this New Cranberry Sauce, which includes persimmons, my favorite autumn treat. Trees full of these ripe, orange fruits are everywhere near where we live  right now! A friend was kind enough to let me come and pick some off his tree, and I was excited to be able to use them in this Thanksgiving dish. It’s a fun, seasonal twist on the traditional recipe and adds color and sweetness to the cranberry sauce.

We eat around sunset, and I always take a picture of the turkey as it comes off the grill.

So much to be thankful for as we gear up for a weekend of family fun. Cheers!

 

New Cranberry Sauce with Persimmons

Makes: 12 servings. Serving size: 1/4 cup. Yield: 12 (1/4-cup) servings
Prep 10 mins, cook 18 mins to 20 mins, chill up to 48 hours.

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1 12 ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup pomegranate juice or cranberry juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 fuyu persimmon or apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Rosemary sprig (optional, as garnish)
Directions: In large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Add cranberries, pomegranate juice, sugar, and ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 16 to 17 minutes, or until mixture is just thickened. Stir in persimmon for the last 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Serve warm or at room temperature or transfer to a storage container. Can be covered and chilled up to 48 hours. If desired, top sauce with a rosemary sprig as a garnish. Makes 12 (1/4-cup) servings.
Kitchen Tip: There are two types of persimmons: Fuyus and hachiyas. For this recipe, use fuyus, which are tomato-shape, and can be eaten when firm or slightly soft. The fruit, available from October to December, should be evenly light orange, not yellow or green. Store in the fridge up to 14 days.

The Forest Feast is a blog by Erin Gleeson full of simple, vegetable based recipes that are presented visually, with handwriting, illustration and photos to describe the steps.