Part two of my apple butter experiment. Apple and pork are a delicious pair. For my Sunday night cook off, I made a pork tenderloin with apple butter sauce. So, let me say that this would be the first time I have ever made anything involving pork tenderloin. I’m always game to try out something new. So here goes…
Again, making do with what is in my kitchen, the only ingredient I had to purchase today was the piece of meat. I took the pork and seasoned with some garlic salt and pepper. I then laid some thinly sliced apple on top and poured some apple juice on the meat.
I then wrapped up the pork en papillote and baked it for an hour. While it baked, I prepared the apple butter sauce – apple butter, brown sugar, some pumpkin spice and a little bit of water to thin it out. After an hour, I took the pork out and spread the sauce all over. Then back into the oven for another hour and a half.
I have to say that I was drooling as the scent of apples wafted in the air. I could not wait to try this out. Finally time to take it out of the oven.
Oh my word, so fantastic. Sweet and savoury, the meat was tender and moist having absorbed a bit of the apple juice. I think I may have to make this again. Now, just to find the perfect sides and lunch is set. =)
From Italian, L’arte d’arrangiarsi means the art of getting by or the art of making something out of nothing. To be able to open up the cupboards and/or the fridge and pull together something to eat with whatever ingredients are found is a skill. I am trying to teach myself that skill. I think I have established that I’m an ingredient hoarder so I really should not have a hard time piecing something together.
I’ve been dying to use up a jar of apple butter – a highly concentrated version of apple sauce – for ages. And this night, I was able to make a main and a dessert incorporating this ingredient.
I’ll begin with the dessert because as I write this, the main is still in the oven and not quite ready to be unveiled. Using just a few ingredients – all found in my cupboard – I made some apple butter oatmeal squares.
In a bowl, the oatmeal, apple blueberry granola, sugar, pumpkin spice and butter is mixed until crumbly.
Then half of the oatmeal mixture is pressed into a prepared pan and the apple butter spread on top. The rest of the oatmeal goes over the apple butter and into the oven.
30 minutes later we have squares!
The apple butter is a little tart in taste but the sugar and granola brings a nice sweet contrast. The texture is crunchy, but the middle layer is moist and soft. A really easy and quick treat to make. =)