Looking for yet another side to go with your Bacon Bourbon Sweet Potatoes? Check out this pork loin glazed with Dijon mustard, apple butter, and cider and roasted over veggies and sage. It's moist, tender, savory, sweet, and easy to make - plus it's pretty healthy!
I came up with this dish because I needed a protein to go with leftover sweet potatoes, and because I wanted to try out the recipe for the apple butter glaze. We are members of the Frog's Leap wine club, and they sent us a little jar of apple butter along with our last shipment of wine. They also included a recipe for a savory glaze using the apple butter, Dijon mustard, apple cider, shallot, and garlic - it sounded great!
Start by placing a few carrots and an onion in a roasting pan, top with a few sprigs of sage, then pour in a little bit of apple cider (to keep the meat from drying out). Season the pork loin with salt and pepper, and set it on the vegetables and roast it on high heat for 15 minutes.
Then take it out, spread the glaze over the top, and return it to the oven at a lower temp for 45 minutes. And that's it! Rest and slice and you're ready to serve. This is a great dish for fall with flavors that pair with lots of seasonal side dishes. Enjoy!
Apple Butter Glazed Pork Loin
inspired by Frog's Leap
2-3 medium carrots, cut into sticks
1 medium onion, quartered
2 sprigs fresh sage
1/2 cup apple cider (I used hard cider)
1 2-lb pork tenderloin
salt and pepper
1/4 cup apple butter
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apple cider (I used hard cider)
2 tbsp minced shallot
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the carrots and onion into the bottom of a roasting pan. Lay the sage over the top, then pour in the 1/2 cup of cider.
Season the pork loin with salt and pepper and place over the vegetables. Roast for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the glaze. Combine the remaining ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
After the pork has roasted for 15 minutes, remove it from the oven and spoon on the glaze (all of it).
Return the glazed pork to the oven and lower the temperature to 350 degrees F. Continue roasting for 45 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted into the middle of the loin reads 145 degrees F.
Remove to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.