It's a fabulous Friday!!! I am so excited to be sharing a Diving Into Decadence recipe with you today. Its not really that decadent, but it does feel like it!
I have been searching for inspiration for pork loin for months, right after I had made the Crockpot Spiced Apple Butter an old dusty Rachael Ray magazine, April 2008 caught my attention with a great recipe for Spicy Apple Butter Pork. Then about a week ago my dear friend and timing master Mary posted a recipe for Spicy Apple Butter Pork. I just knew it must be fate. Double inspiration=make it all ready. So I started working on my recipe, I decided to take it up a notch and add some nuts and cayenne pepper to my fantastic homemade apple butter.
Once dinner was in the oven and Chad caught a whiff of the pork cooking, he got really excited. His enthusiasm continued throughout dinner. So, the consensus is that all 3 of us love it! I have been adding 2 tablespoon of Baked Cinnamon Apple Sauce to Munchkins all week and she has been devouring it along with the Potato Cauliflower Mash. I also have been enjoying the Green Beans with Garlic as well. It is a perfect combination!
The pork was tender and juicy, the spicy walnut apple butter crust was caramelized and delicious. Just a little heat, creamy caramelized apple butter and a fantastic crunch. I could not ask for more. Seriously! Munchkin has eaten this every day for a week and to say she is a picky eater is quite an understatement.
Spicy Walnut Apple Butter Pork Loin
3 lb pork loin
1 cup apple butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 350°.
Sprinkle pork loin with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over high heat, drizzle olive oil and allow to warm. Then brown all 6 sides of pork loin (to get the ends I had to hold the pork with tongs). Remove from pan and set in baking dish to rest while you prepare glaze.
In a medium sized bowl, combine apple butter, walnuts and cayenne pepper. Apply apple butter mixture to the whole pork loin each side, top, bottom and front and back!
Bake for 50-80 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°. Mine took about 70 minutes!
Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com