There are certain dishes that withstand the test of time, and the blend of honey-sweet apples with a well-prepared pork loin certainly ranks high on that list. If you’re venturing into preparing this dish for the first time, it’s crucial to pick the right cut. While a tenderloin might seem tempting, it lacks the rich texture and juiciness that a prime pork loin (often termed pork loin roast) offers.
This iconic dish, with variations spanning back to medieval times, has been simplified for modern cooks. With minimal prep involving some apple and onion slicing, this no-fuss recipe delivers a delightful balance of sweet and savory. Ready to dive in?
Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin Roast
3-4 lb. pork loin
1 apple, cored and finely sliced
1 onion, finely sliced
A drizzle of honey
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Start by positioning the pork loin within a slow cooker. Carefully create horizontal incisions about an inch apart, ensuring you slice only about three-quarters deep into the meat.
Tuck the apple slices into these slits. This step is crucial as it ensures that the apples infuse their sweetness into the pork as it cooks.
Disperse the onion slices, ensuring they lay atop and around the pork loin.
Finish by drizzling honey over the top, followed by a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and salt.
Seal the cooker and set it to low, allowing the dish to simmer for 3-4 hours. Voilà, your dish is ready!