Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Tenderloin

This meal is incredibly easy, incredibly flavorful, and even incredibly impressive (and you know it's hard to get "impressive" out of a crock pot meal). My husband loved this savory/sweet pork dish and said to "definitely blog it." I am actually considering serving this at Thanksgiving in an addition to the turkey. I love how I can cook it in the crock pot instead of using precious oven space.....it also made my house smell wonderful! Serve this alongside mashed potatoes and a green salad. Enjoy!

1 1/2 to 2 lb pork tenderloin*
1 medium apple, sliced with skin on
3 Tbl pure maple syrup
2 Tbl apple cider
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 onion, sliced

*If you want to serve more people, use a bigger tenderloin. Adjust other ingredients, but, don't make rocket science out of it....just add a dash more spice and a bit more cider, etc....you get the gist! It'll all taste good...

Lay pork tenderloin on a cutting board and cut horizontal slits all the way down making little "pockets". Put an apple slice in each "pocket".

Carefully transfer the tenderloin with apples to the bottom of the crock pot. Drizzle with maple syrup and apple cider. In a small bowl combine spices and salt. Sprinkle spice/salt mixture on top of tenderloin. Place onions all around tenderloin.

Cook on High for 4 to 5 hours or until tenderloin is cooked through and tender. Serve with mashed potatoes.  *I think leftovers would taste great on rolls as a sloppy sandwich!!

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