Slow Cooker Pork Fillet with Apples Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 apples (tart varieties like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work best), cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)

Instructions

  • Prep the Pork: Pat the pork tenderloin dry with paper towels. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Sear for Flavor (Optional): Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Brown the pork on all sides for 2-3 minutes per side. This step adds flavor but can be skipped if you’re short on time.
  • Layer in the Slow Cooker: Add sliced onions to the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the pork tenderloin on top. Arrange the sliced apples around the pork.
  • Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider (or juice), Dijon mustard, honey, and thyme (if using). Pour this sauce evenly over the pork and apples.
  • Slow Cook: Set your slow cooker to LOW and cook for 6-8 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Rest and Serve: Remove the pork and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute for maximum tenderness. Slice the pork and serve alongside the apples and onions. The sauce in the slow cooker will have thickened into a flavorful glaze.

Optional Additions & Tips:

  • Cranberries: Add a handful of dried cranberries for a touch of sweetness and a festive look.
  • Cinnamon: A sprinkle of cinnamon adds a warm and delicious aroma.
  • Garlic & Sage: Replace the thyme with fresh sage leaves and add a couple minced garlic cloves.
  • Thickening the Sauce: If you want the sauce thicker, remove the pork and apples. Mix a teaspoon of cornstarch with a bit of water, then stir it into the liquid in the slow cooker. Set to high and simmer until thickened.

Enjoy your tender, flavorful Slow Cooker Pork Fillet with Apples!

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