Herb-Rubbed Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Calvados-Cider Sauce Recipe

Herb-Rubbed Roast Pork Loin with Apples and Calvados-Cider Sauce Recipe
Staff Writer
The essential cold summer soup from Spain, gazpacho is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and country bread soaked in olive oil.

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 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

A roasted pork dish made with Calvados (an apple brandy) and apple wedges, this tender pork loin has a slighty sweet taste that pairs well with wild rice.

Ingredients

  • 3 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons of minced thyme, rosemary and sage
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and each cut into 12-16 wedges
  • ½ cup Calvados
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Directions

Heat oven to 425 degrees.

Pat pork roast dry. Rub roast with canola oil, herbs and season with salt and pepper. Place the pork in a roasting pan. Roast the pork in the heated oven for about 30-40 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted diagonally into center of meat registers 145 degrees. Transfer to a plate and rest 15 minutes before slicing.

While meat is resting, heat butter in the same pan over medium heat until foam just begins to subside. Add apple wedges and sauté, turning occasionally, until tender and golden brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully deglaze the pan with Calvados. Return the pan to the heat and simmer until the Calvados is almost completely reduced. Then add the cider and chicken stock to pan. Bring the sauce to a boil over high heat and reduce by about half or until it thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and any juices that have accumulated on the plate.

Just before serving, warm the roast for 4-5 minutes in the oven if it is no longer warm. Cut the roast into 1-inch slices and serve with the apples and sauce.

Roast Pork Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Roast Pork Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.