Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes made in a cast iron skillet is the perfect fall meal.
Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes is the epitome of fall to me. As the summer winds down we’ve been turning to our slow cooker more and more as well as my trusty cast iron skillet to make easy quick meals, and with a recent trip to the apple orchards near us we excitedly pulled out some favorite recipes.
I’ve spoken to you all about WinCo before, it has the most amazing bulk foods section where I stock up on spices, flours and chocolates. For this recipe I bought my Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork there and the selection was pretty wide in their fresh meat department. I selected the Smithfield Marinated Hardwood Smoked Bacon & Cracked Black Pepper Tenderloin because I’ve never met a black pepper crusted piece of meat that I didn’t adore.
One of our favorite meals (and also a client favorite) is Lemon Salt Roasted Pork with Honey Roasted Apples and Mashed Potatoes. For this meal I did some improvising to make it into a 30 minute meal and in one pan! With only 7 total ingredients (okay so I’m not counting salt and pepper in the ingredient count!) you’ll have the perfect meal for the fall season.
Some tips to cut down on cooking time for your Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes:
- Cook the potatoes and the pork tenderloin in the pan at the same time. You’re only browning at this stage.
- While you’re browning the potatoes, cut up the apples. It takes the apples far less time in the oven than the potatoes so you’ll cut down on prep time if you multi-task with browning and prepping at the same time.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of the lemon zest/juice. I know it can be easier to keep bottled lemon juice, but the added flavor of the zest really makes the whole plate pop.
- Totally not necessary (but will really enhance the flavor), brown the pork on two of the four sides on the same side of the pan. Then move the potatoes to where the pork was and finish the browning on opposite sides of the pan. The spices/flavors the pork leaves in the pan will add SO much flavor to the potatoes. Just keep stirring every couple of minutes as the potatoes are browning (thats the secret to why the potatoes look SO good in these photos…I only added Kosher salt to them before putting them in the pan).
I’ve been a huge fan of Smithfield for years and it was actually one of the first companies I worked with on this blog. I’ve made a number of recipes for them because of how high the quality of their products are.
In this case the marinated pork is the perfect addition to the Honey Apple Pork with Potatoes, leaving me to prep only the potatoes and apples. Smithfield products can be slow cooked, roasted, sautéed and made in 30 minutes or less which is perfect for school nights, family dinners or pretty much any time you’re looking for real flavor real fast.
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 4 russet potatoes , peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1 Smithfield Marinated Hardwood Smoked Bacon & Cracked Black Pepper Pork Tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 apples , cored and chopped into 1 inch chunks (not peeled, I used 2 granny smith and 2 fuji)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 lemon , zested and juiced
- Add the canola oil to your cast iron skillet and heat on high.
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Season the potatoes with Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the potatoes to half the skillet and the pork to the other half.
- Brown the pork for about 2 minutes a side.
- After you brown the first two sides swap the potato and pork placement in the skillet so the potatoes can capture some of the pork flavors as well.
- Once all four sides are browned, push the potatoes to one side.
- Put the pork in the middle of the pan.
- With a spatula scrape the leftover black pepper seasonings to the pork/potato side of the pan.
- Add the butter and apples to the empty part of the pan and stir together until the butter is melted.
- Add the honey and stir again.
- Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
- When done cooking add the lemon juice over the apples and the zest over the pork and the apples.
- Garnish with parsley if desired.
- Wait 2-3 minutes before slicing into the pork.
Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.