Caramelized Pork Loin with Apples

pork-loin-apple Leigh Beisch


  • 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.

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

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 199
Fat per serving: 7g
Saturated fat per serving: 3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 21g
Carbohydrate per serving: 12g
Fiber per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 61mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 123mg
Calcium per serving: 28mg

Good to Know

Apples, rich in fiber, are a great way to satisfy that sweet tooth. Mixed with pork, this dish is full of protein and fiber. Add a side of mashed sweet potatoes or squash - as shown - for healthy carboyhdrates and vitamin A.

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