Roast Pork Loin With Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roast Pork Loin With Sweet Potatoes and Apples

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 0 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
304 Calories
7g Fat
54g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 304
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 32mg 160%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 683mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A roasted pork loin is an ideal meal whether for family or guests as it's easy to make and quite versatile, marrying well with a variety of flavors. This recipe nestles sweet potatoes and apples around the pork as it roasts, and enhances the natural sweetness of these ingredients with honey, orange juice, and brown sugar.

Serve this roasted pork dish as a complete meal or add a green vegetable on the side, such as roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds, fat trimmed)

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/4 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)

  • 3 large sweet potatoes (quartered)

  • 3 large apples (cored and quartered)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Roast Pork Loin With Sweet Potatoes and Apples ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Place a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.

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  3. When very hot, add the pork roast. Cook, turning the roast, until all sides are browned, about 6 minutes.

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  4. Remove from the heat.

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  5. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, orange juice, apple juice concentrate, pepper, and brown sugar.

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  6. Spoon over the pork roast.

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  7. Place the sweet potatoes around the pork.

    sweet potatoes added to the pork loin in the Dutch oven

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  8. Cover and bake for 2 hours. Pork should register at least 145 F on an instant-read thermometer, the minimum safe temperature for pork.

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  9. Place the apple quarters around the pork.

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  10. Bake, uncovered, basting frequently, for 20 minutes, or until the apples are just tender.

    basting pork loin while it's cooking in a Dutch oven with apples and sweet potatoes

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  11. Let the pork stand for 10 minutes. Slice the pork roast and serve with the sweet potatoes and apples.

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Pork Loin Vs. Pork Tenderloin

It is easy to think these two cuts of pork are similar (or even the same) considering the names are so much alike. But a pork loin and a pork tenderloin are different from each other, specifically in their size and shape. A pork loin comes from the back of the pig and the pork tenderloin is a cut from the muscle along the backbone, which is the rear of the pork loin. A pork tenderloin is boneless and very narrow while pork loin is wider and can be sold with the bone or boneless. A tenderloin will cook much quicker than a pork loin, so the two should not be swapped in recipes unless the cooking time is adjusted and it won't affect any other ingredients. A tenderloin is also more expensive than a pork loin, which is considered an affordable cut of pork.

Pick the Right Apple

You want to choose a type of apple that is best for baking so it holds its shape in the oven and won't essentially become apple sauce. Varieties such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Cortland, and Jonagold are all good choices.

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