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Apple Orchard Pork Roast

Onions and apples meld perfectly to make a sweet and savory treatment for pork roast. Serve it with the accompanying sour cream sauce. —Vikki Lee, Gold River, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings (1 cup sauce)


  • 1 boneless whole pork loin roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 large tart apples, cut into wedges
  • 2 medium onions, cut into chunks
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-2/3 cups sparkling apple cider, divided
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place roast in a shallow roasting pan; rub with garlic halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with herbs. Arrange apples, onions and sliced garlic around roast; dot with butter. Combine 1 cup cider and soy sauce; pour over top.
  • Bake, uncovered, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°), basting occasionally with pan juices. Remove the roast, apples and onions to a serving platter; keep warm. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Meanwhile, skim fat from pan juices; transfer juices to a small saucepan. Add remaining cider. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat; whisk in sour cream until smooth. Serve with pork.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 359 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 506mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein.

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  • ohmiela
    Oct 30, 2016

    My family loves this recipe!! They ask for it often!! My son is studying in Rome right now and he requested this meal for when he gets home in December, the same with my son in Honolulu!!The only changes I make to recipe is to increase the amount of sauce/gravy. I do this my using an entire bottle of sparkling cider and the appropriate amount of soy sauce.

  • maritab
    Apr 27, 2013

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  • KelleyEE
    Nov 14, 2012

    If I make this again, I'll make a few adjustments. I ended up with a crowd for dinner and had very little leftover, so apparently it was good! Unlike other reviewers, I thought the herbs were an appropriate amount. I could not find "sparkling apple cider", so I used apple juice. I think this led to a sauce that was too thin and didn't hold up well, so I would try harder to find that or substitute cider rather than juice. I didn't save any of the sauce for leftovers, and the pork got dry when we tried to eat it the next day. It seemed to be too many apples along the side, I cut that back - I ran out of room in the pan anyway! No one really wanted those anyway. I loved the amount of garlic. Smells delicious! Served with fresh applesauce (which was better than the apples roasted with the pork), roasted sweet potatoes, and green beans for a great company dinner night!

  • ncpdoug
    Nov 12, 2011

    I cut the sage, thyme and and salt by 1/2. The cooking time for a 3 1/2 Lb. Pork roast turned out to be over two hours (meat thermometer used). This was well worth the extra time. Everyone had seconds and commented that this was the most flavorfulpork roast that they had ever had. I will make this again soon.

  • MusicalMegan
    Nov 1, 2011

    Had some people over when I made this recipe, was hoping to have some for leftovers the next day but they ate it ALL!!! Love this recipe! Perfect for fall!!

  • sarahmarie83
    Oct 29, 2011

    THis was a awesome quick and Easy dish!! The whole family loved it!!

  • mritaray
    Oct 6, 2011

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  • MomsHomeCookin
    Oct 4, 2011

    This dish is amazing! I love the soft apples and onion combo to go with it and the sace tastes delicious! Definitely going to be using this recipe ALOT!

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    Oct 4, 2011


  • andymaryr
    Oct 4, 2011

    Wow! So good and so beautiful. It was moist and flavorful. The fresh herbs made it amazing. This is a winner!!