Post take two. Fun story. I had this entire post written and was adding photos and then somehow clicked away. And lost everything. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. It's been an unproductive day, I kind of needed the win from one item on the to-do list!
Meat in a crockpot is a simple dinner with minimal effort. I use my crockpot surprisingly often for pulled pork, chicken, soups, and chili. Every busy person needs a few crockpot recipes in their back pocket for easy and healthy meals.
While I was on the Whole 30 I really wanted sugar, not just candy and treats and things, but the ability to use sugar/sweeteners in recipes. It not only adds flavor, but changes the texture of whatever you are cooking. Limiting sugar in processed food is understandable, but a little maple syrup for as a flavor enhancer is a great idea!
This pork loin is as tasty as it is easy to prepare. The maple-mustard flavor is strong and delightful, while the pork is tender and moist. This simple dinner is one that everyone should have ready to go, all you need is the pork in the freezer and the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples. It's dinner time!
Maple Mustard Pork Loin
Adapted from Grandma Loy’s Kitchen
Yield - 3-4 servings
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
salt + pepper
1 medium onion
1 lb pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 tablespoons cold water
Add the maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper to a bowl and whisk together.
Slice the onion and apple into thin pieces and place in the bottom of a crockpot.
Place the pork on top and and spread the maple syrup mixture on the pork loin. Flip over the pork loin and spread the rest maple syrup mixture on top.
Cover the crockpot and cook on low for four hours or until an internal thermometer reads 160 ˚F.
Remove the pork and set on a cutting board to rest. Strain the liquid from the onions and apples, set the apples and onions aside.
Add the liquid to a small saucepan and simmer on low heat.
Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch and the water into a slurry. Add to the juices on the stove and stir continuously until the gravy thickens. Remove from the heat.
Slice the pork and serve on a platter with the apples and onions and gravy.