Fall flavors are some of the best we see all year long. The comforting, warm flavors and spiced versions of classic dishes invade the atmosphere with nostalgic scents. It's a time for comfort food, memories, spending time with the people you love most and enjoying each other's company. For the next five weeks, we'll be sharing fall recipes that will have you dying to get into the kitchen. This one in particular is mouthwatering and absolutely irresistible.
Pork tenderloins are one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook with. They're simple to prepare and don't take much time to cook. They're also incredibly versatile for both flavor and cooking method. One of my favorite methods is in the cast-iron skillet because you can start on the stove and end in the oven without any mess. This particular recipe only needs to get popped in the oven though.
Fall flavors are pretty versatile. It's more than just pumpkin and apple, although both are spectacular. Maple, for example, is a fantastic flavor to use in fall. It pairs well with so many fruits, veggies and even meats. What's even greater about maple syrup is that it adds a hint of sweetness to a traditionally savory dish. Apples are easy to add into almost anything come fall. This combination of apples, butternut squash and Brussels Sprouts is spot on. Not only does this dinner scream fall, it's easy to prepare and the maple gives it a comforting, sweet touch that will have everyone licking their fingers when they're done.
MAPLE ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH APPLES, BUTTERNUT SQUASH & BRUSSELS SPROUTS
1-2.5 lb. Pork Tenderloin
2-3 Apples, cut into 2-inch chunks
1/2 Medium Butternut Squash, cut into 1.5" cubes
15-20 Brussels Sprouts, edges trimmed and halved lengthwise
1/2 Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Olive Oil
5-6 Sage Leaves
Salt & Pepper
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a measuring cup, mix together maple syrup and olive oil. In a large bowl, mix together the apples, squash and sprouts. Pour about half of the maple mixture over the vegetables and mix together well.
3. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil. Place the tenderloin in the middle of the baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the tenderloin on all sides with the maple mixture. Evenly spread the vegetables and apples around the tenderloin. Drizzle remaining maple mixture over everything sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145 degrees. Let sit for 5 minutes, slice and serve.
Are you excited for fall? What are some of your favorite fall flavors?