Once Fall arrives and the weather changes I go into a little bit of a comfort food mode. I start cooking all kinds of roasted meats and veggies. Pot roast is one my faves. The only thing that sucks is that it takes FOREVER for it to cook. What’s a girl to do when she needs hearty fall meal?
Make a pork loin, duh! I really think that pork loin is a very undervalued meal. Truth be told I like pork loin a little better than a traditional pot roast.
When I was putting this recipe together I kept thinking… what can I do differently? I wanted to make my taste buds go all old school Missy Elliot and loose control! Sometimes, I wander through the grocery store for inspiration. With Missy Elliot jamming in my Apple earbuds I found my way into the Asian food section.
Quicker than a 1 Minute Man (Thank’s Missy) my brain spit out an idea that I could not refuse – Pork Loin with Spicy Rosemary Apple & Teriyaki Glaze. YAAAAS!
Strange and yet it just seemed to work on so many levels. I scooped up the ingredients and headed back to by laboratory and by laboratory I mean kitchen. I have to admit that a little bit of magic happened once I got home. The recipe is the bomb.com.
I have to give credit when credit is due – this recipe was inspired by the musical talents of Missy Elliot. This is for my people.. my party people… Or for anyone who is hungry. It’s for you too.
Serves: 6 people
- 2.5 lb Pork Loin
- 6 Springs Rosemary
- 1 tbs Salt
- ½ cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 tbs Applesauce
- Cayenne Pepper to taste
- 1 tsp garlic
- 1 can or bottle of hard apple cider
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Pour the hard cider into the roasting pan and add ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce - thoroughly mix together. Put the roasting insert into the pan.
- Make the rub - Remove rosemary leaves from the stem and roughly chop - add ½ to a small bowl. Add 1tsp of salt, cayenne pepper (to taste - I used a ½ tsp), a couple grinds of black pepper, 1 tsp of garlic and 1 tsp of olive oil to the same bowl and mix together.
- Rinse your pork loin and blot with a towel. Put into roasting pan - rub the entire pork loin with the spicy rosemary rub.
- In the same bowl you made the rub add ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce, 2tbs of apple sauce and the rest of the rosemary - thoroughly mix. Use a basting brush to paint on the delicious apple teriyaki glaze. If you are feeling daring, sprinkle a little more cayenne pepper into the teriyaki glaze.
- Cook in oven for about an hour. Remove once it reaches 140 degrees. If you don't have a meat thermometer - get one. (or cook a little extra to make sure it reaches a safe temp to eat)
- Remove and let it rest for 10 minutes. Yes - 4 realz. Let it rest.
- Slice into 1.5" thick pieces and put into a serving dish - baste with the juices from the baking pan.
- Pour the juices from the pork loin into a gravy dish. This is super delish dipping sauce.