One-Pan Meal #4: Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Roasted Apples and Potatoes

It’s been several weeks since I blogged about my one-pan meals, so here’s number four in the series of five recipes. A mixture of fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme coats quick-cooking pork tenderloin, which pairs beautifully with tender apples and potatoes. The whole thing makes your kitchen smell like a dream—and the flavor? Even better. Perfect autumn dinner… The leftover pork was cubed and used for a meal of Pork-Fried Rice a few nights later.

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The ingredients, minus the pork tenderloins.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1-1/2 lb. red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. country-style Dijon mustard
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, mashed to a paste with the side of a chef’s knife
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 small pork tenderloins (about 1 lb. each), trimmed
  • 1 Tbs. dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 Tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 2 green apples, cored and cut into 8 wedges each
  • Flaky sea salt
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Cubed red potatoes and onions on a rimmed sheet.
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Granny Smith apple wedges in dressing.
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Pork tenderloins covered with the rub.
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Tenderloins on top of the partially cooked potatoes and onions.
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Slicing the pork after resting for 10 minutes.
Directions
  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment and mist with cooking spray. Toss the potatoes and onion together on the prepared pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup of the oil, 1 Tbs. of the mustard, the mashed garlic, and a big pinch each of salt and pepper. Reserve 2 Tbs. and drizzle the remaining mixture over the vegetables on the sheet pan, tossing to coat. Spread the vegetables evenly and roast until beginning to soften and color slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, pat the pork tenderloins dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and mustard with the sugar, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper; rub all over the pork. Sprinkle the chopped fresh herbs to coat on all sides.
  5. Toss the apple wedges with the reserved 2 Tbs. of dressing, then toss with the vegetables on the pan. Place the tenderloins on top of the vegetables, leaving some space between the two pieces of meat.
  6. Roast, flipping the meat once halfway through, until the vegetables are browned and tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork registers 145°F, 25 to 30 minutes total.
  7. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with aluminum foil, for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the vegetables with the vinegar.
  8. Slice the pork, sprinkle with sea salt, and serve with the vegetables.

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by Molly Gilbert from Fine Cooking

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