Recipe Details

Roasted Pork Loin with Apples and Cinnamon

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

2 pound pork loin roast, boneless
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger, divided
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 apples, cored, peeled and sliced into wedges

Cooking Directions

Rub pork loin with olive oil, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon each ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a small bowl, stir together the other half of the spices with the wine, honey, lemon juice and apple wedges. Roast pork in shallow pan in a 350 degrees F. oven for 40 minutes (20 minutes per pound), until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F. Remove roast from oven; let rest about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, simmer apple mixture in a small saucepan until apples are tender; stir in any pork roast juices. Serve sliced roast with apples and sauce.

Serves 6

Serving Suggestions

The trio of ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon will remind you of pumpkin pie. The spices and apples create a classic flavor that marries well with pork. Serve with baked sweet potatoes, roasted Brussel sprouts, and whole wheat dinner rolls.
Any leftover roast is great sliced and sandwiched on rye bread with horseradish sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 320 calories
Protein: 33 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 190 milligrams
Cholesterol: 85 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 19 grams

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About the Cut: Loin Roast

The loin roast comes from the area of the pig between the shoulder and the beginning of the leg It is sold either bone-in or deboned. Loin roast can be rolled and tied with string.


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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Loin roast is sometimes confused with tenderloin. Despite the name similarity, they are not one in the same. A loin roast is typically sold in pieces weighing between 2 to 4 pounds (the tenderloin is a smaller, long cut that usually weighs about a pound). The term roast simply refers to a large cut of pork.


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Butcher's Tips

For a crisp surface on your roast, be sure the oven is fully preheated before place the roast in it and do not cover the meat while roasting.


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Delish!
by anonymous 08/11/2012
Smells amazing while cooking, and tastes even better!