Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin Recipe

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Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin Recipe
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Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin Recipe

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I love making this slow-cooked dish for chilly fall dinners with my family—the comforting apple-cinnamon aroma fills our whole house. The pork roast tastes even better served with homemade mashed potatoes.—Rachel Schultz, Lansing, Michigan
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:
6 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides; cool slightly. With a paring knife, cut about sixteen 3-in.-deep slits in sides of roast; insert one apple slice into each slit.
Place half of the remaining apples in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Place roast over apples. Drizzle with honey; top with onion and remaining apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork and apple mixture; keep warm.
Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Serve with pork and apple mixture. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 290 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced, divided
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 small red onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional
  1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides; cool slightly. With a paring knife, cut about sixteen 3-in.-deep slits in sides of roast; insert one apple slice into each slit.
  2. Place half of the remaining apples in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Place roast over apples. Drizzle with honey; top with onion and remaining apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Remove pork and apple mixture; keep warm.
  4. Transfer cooking juices to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Serve with pork and apple mixture. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Apple-Cinnamon Pork Loin in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2013, p51

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ms11145 User ID: 1604521 259832
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Since I don't eat pork, the following review is from family. First thing husband said "where's the bbq sauce". It was moist, but not very tasty. They thought apples and onions were too strange to be used together. Glad I didn't add the cinnamon. While this would appeal to many, not us. Will pour bbq sauce over leftovers."

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Evell User ID: 9002884 259566
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2017

"Awesome flavor. easy to prepare. I would definitely try this again."

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pip31453 User ID: 7296615 258780
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"I gave this four stars because upon reading the recipe I felt it would be somewhat bland without a few herbs added. I put in a tablespoon of rosemary and a tablespoon of thyme. The roast came out very moist and the juices boiled down to a tasty sauce to put on the meat and potatoes. I had to add carrots because my husband thinks roasts must have them. They actually went quite well with the sauce. It was a delicious meal for a winter day."

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xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 254951
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"My family didn't like this. They didn't like the combination of apples and onions and I guess 7 hours in the crock dried it out. I didn't think it was too bad but I won't make it again."

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jaxhaines User ID: 8846307 247584
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016

"I made changes but used this as my inspiration. I used a pork shoulder roast instead. And yellow onion (its all i had) . I did not use parsley. And only sprinkled the cinnamon on top. The roast came out super moist and yummy. I served it on a bed of mashed sweet potatoes, with the cooked Apple's and oinions. And instead of the recommended sauce.. I took some spicy hot bbq sauce added some water and brown sugar and cooked it up until it was a little sticky.. poured that on top! Oh yeah!.."

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RLiberty User ID: 7169427 243551
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"This was a fantastic pork recipe, and it came out great in the crock pot, not dry at all and great flavors - we served it with baked beans - great combination. Another bonus, it was low calorie!"

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cookieladyangel User ID: 245594 243433
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2016

"This pork loin dish was very disappointing. Smelled good while cooking all day. It was dry, not enough juice (definitely not enough to cook in half even if I wanted to), and too much cinnamon. I cooked in the crock pot for 7 1/2 hours. The juice when served does help a little with the dryness. I ended up tossing what pork was left after supper. Didn't care for it enough to even have a second meal. I fixed per the directions."

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 229376
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Loved this! I left out the parsley as well......the house smells so good when it's cooking!!"

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ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 216987
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"this was the best pork from the crock pot! i did not top with parsley."

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paulafoster User ID: 8080656 120596
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"This was excellent! My husbands new favorite. I saw that some people said it was dry so I added a 1/2 cup of water and cooked about 6 hrs on low. So tender you could cut it with a fork and very juicy."

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