Maple Applesauce Pork Roast Dinner

Pork paired with apples is a classic and flavorful dish. This pork tenderloin dinner is packed with tasty, sweet and savory goodness that your family will ask for again and again. It’s combines the amazingly earthy flavor of maple with apples in a sauce that you’ll crave. This makes a yummy pork roast that will make a great addition to your family dinner line up.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Pork is an affordable meat option. In fact, I’ve learned to buy pork in bulk and cut it down to usable portions for my family.

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I try to watch for sales for different meats, including pork. Then, when I find a good deal I purchase a good quantity. I divide it when I get home and place the portioned items in zip bags and keep them in my deep freezer until I need them.

I’ve found that dishes with pork have a lot of flavor. There is a robust richness to the meat without it leaving you feeling too full. Generally pork cooks up quickly without too much effort.

This recipe is no different. The searing of the meat helps to seal that juicy goodness inside while adding texture and caramelizes the meat.

What You’ll Need for this Pork Roast Recipe

The ingredients in this recipe are simple and you can find them in any grocery store. But, you’ll love this dish in winter or fall when apples are at their peak and readily available.

apple cider
unsweetened applesauce
maple syrup
honey mustard or Dijon mustard
fresh thyme leaves, or dried thyme
sea salt and black pepper, to taste
extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil
a 1.5 to 2 lbs. pork shoulder
3 medium firm apples

I make this roast in a large cast iron skillet. This way I can sear the meat and also place it directly into the oven without using a second pan.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

You may want an apple peeler which both cores, and slices your apples. It simplifies the process of getting apples ready for the recipe. It does make beautiful apple slices. That said, of course it’s not absolutely necessary. You can simply peel and slice the apples using a good paring knife.

How to Make this Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast Recipe

Start by pre-heating your oven to 350°F.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Next, heat your seasoned cast-iron skillet, season the pork with salt and pepper. Sear the roast on all sides until browned and evenly seared on all sides, approximately 5-10 minutes. This isn’t to cook the meat through, but rather to caramelize the outer portion which helps to develop flavors.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast
Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast
Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

While the meat is searing, combine the cider, applesauce, maple syrup, and mustard, with the thyme leaves in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Pour the glaze mixture into a small saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. From time to time whisk to keep from scorching the glaze. The goal is to reduce the sauce to develop the glaze a bit. Don’t worry if it is a little thin, it will thicken in the oven. Remove the sauce from the heat about the same time the pork if finished searing.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

In the meantime, peel, core, and slice your apples.

Once the pork has seared, pour about half the sauce over the top. Next surround the pork with the apple slices, and then pour the rest of the sauce over the top.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast
Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Move the skillet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the pork. Spoon more of the glaze over the top return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Maple & Apple Glazed Pork Roast

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 seconds
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds

Ingredients

  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 T. Maple syrup
  • 2 T. honey mustard or Dijon
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil, or coconut oil
  • 1½ to 2 lbs. pork shoulder
  • 3 medium firm apples, cored and sliced

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Next, heat your seasoned cast-iron skillet, pour in the oil and let it heat up. Season the pork with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Lower the heat to medium, you want it hot but you don't want it to smoke.
  3. Sear the roast on all sides until browned and evenly seared on all sides, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  4. Combine the cider, applesauce, maple syrup, and mustard, with the thyme leaves and stir to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  5. Pour the glaze mixture into a small saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. From time to time whisk to keep from scorching the glaze. The goal is to reduce the sauce to develop the glaze a bit.
  6. In the meantime, peel, core, and slice your apples.
  7. Once the pork has seared, pour about half the sauce over the top. Next surround the pork with the apple slices, and then pour the rest of the sauce over the top.
  8. Move the skillet to the oven and roast for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and flip the pork. Spoon more of the glaze over the top return to the oven for another 20-25 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through.

  9. Remove from oven and cover loosely to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1271Total Fat: 86gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 48gCholesterol: 308mgSodium: 384mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 80g

Nutrition calculations are for informational purposes and are estimates only and actual results may vary.

Maple and Apple Glazed Pork Roast

I hope your family will enjoy this tasty dinner. I like to serve this with a simple green vegetable such as peas, or broccoli. And, the apples add that extra measure of deliciousness.


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