Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe

While summer is all about chicken, seafood, and burgers on the grill, autumn brings about the popularity of a different meat. We're talking about pork, which has a rich flavor that perfectly suits cooler temperatures. Recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge has come up with this balsamic pork loin recipe — a recipe that "screams fall" in her opinion.

Olayinka says she dreamed up this dish "just thinking about the season of fall and how we tend to use more fall fruits and seasonings in cooking." And what would the top fall fruit be? Aside from the pumpkin (which is indeed technically a fruit), just about everybody's favorite fall fruit is the apple. "Apples are in season so it was a definite choice for this meal," Olayinka explains. Served with cinnamon-spiced sautéed apples and onions, this balsamic pork loin incorporates the best flavors of the season. Without further ado, let's get started on this delicious recipe!

Gather the ingredients to make balsamic pork loin

The first thing you'll need to acquire to make this recipe is the pork loin, which is the star of the show. You'll also need a white or yellow onion and a couple of apples. Olayinka says she used red gala apples when she made this dish, but granny smiths are also a great option thanks to their nice, tart flavor. You'll be using olive oil for cooking, while the pan sauce is made from cinnamon, honey, and balsamic vinegar. Not only does this dish incorporate the best flavors of fall, but it only requires a few ingredients, making it an easy go-to dish for the whole season.

Score and salt the pork loin before cooking

The first thing you will need to do is preheat the oven to 425 F. Once it's heating, you'll then need to take a paper towel and pat the pork loin dry. This, as Olayinka tells us, is "so that the salt can stick to it." The next step is to take a knife and score the fat layer of the pork, and then to sprinkle 2 teaspoons of salt over the fat and rub it into the cuts. Olayinka says she used regular sea salt for this, so it's not necessary to use a coarse kind.

Cook the apples and onion on the stovetop

Before you begin cooking, you'll still need to peel and dice the onion, then core and slice the apple. No need to peel the apples, though! Now, heat the oil in an ovenproof pan, such as a cast iron or Dutch oven. If you don't have any pans that go from stove to oven, you'll need to swap the frying pan contents to a baking dish when you add the pork. Sauté the onions in the pan for one minute, then add the apples and cook for one minute more. Finally, stir in the cinnamon, honey, and vinegar.

Cook the pork loin, apples, and onion in the oven

Move the onions and apples to the center of the pan (or baking dish), then put the pork right on top of the heap. Pop the entire dish into the 425 F oven and bake at this temperature for 30 minutes. After this initial half an hour is up, reduce the oven to 350 F, and then continue baking at this temperature for an hour. Once the pork loin is done, take it out of the oven and use a pastry brush to glaze it with pan drippings before carving.

Olayinka says she would serve this pork loin with different kinds of potatoes, including roasted, sweet, or mashed potatoes. She also notes that any leftover pork makes for a great wrap or sandwich. We hope you enjoy this fall-flavored dish!

Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe
5 from 22 ratings
Recipe developer Susan Olayinka of The Flexible Fridge has come up with this balsamic pork loin recipe — a recipe that "screams fall" in her opinion.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
1.53
hours
Servings
6
Servings
pork loin on cutting board
Total time: 1.7 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 (4.85 pound) pork loin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 onion
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Pat the pork loin dry with a paper towel.
  3. Score the fat layer of the pork loin with a sharp knife.
  4. Rub 2 teaspoons of salt all over the pork loin.
  5. Dice the onion, then core and thinly slice the apples.
  6. Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof frying pan.
  7. Sauté the onions for one minute until softened.
  8. Add the apples to the pan and cook for one minute more.
  9. Stir the cinnamon, honey, and vinegar into the onions and apples then turn off the heat.
  10. Pile the onions and apples in the middle of the pan and place the pork loin on top of the heap.
  11. Put the dish into the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 425 F, then turn the heat down to 350 F and bake for 1 more hour.
  12. Remove the pork loin from the oven and use a pastry brush to coat with the pan drippings.
  13. Serve the pork loin with the cooked apples and onions.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 662
Total Fat 40.6 g
Saturated Fat 13.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 180.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Total Sugars 10.9 g
Sodium 921.1 mg
Protein 56.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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