I know most people do not take pictures of their meals, but being a food blogger it’s a must and today’s recipe is one of those ahhhhhhh, I want to scream because my pictures are not coming out. Let me explain. I have made this recipe every week for three weeks in a row, not because I wanted a good picture, well of course I did, but it’s because my Husband has requested it every week. Yes every week, it’s the same dish! I made this three weeks ago and it was a wonderful meal, turned out perfect, but the pictures did not! They turned out yellow looking and this dish does not look good yellow. So I moved on, and then the following week, I thought, I’ll give it one more try since my Husband really loved it. Yes loved it! So I took more pictures and they turned out gray, which is worse than yellow. What the heck? Then this week my Husband asked are you going to make your Pork in a Crockpot again? I said NO!! I am done trying to take pictures of this meal. My Husband said with a smile, it’s so good, you don’t need pictures, just post the recipe. What? No picture? Really? He said yup, I love it and it needs to be shared. So I did my best to give you pictures and yes these ones, turned out better, but still not great! I don’t like taking pictures of meat dishes!
Let’s discuss the meal and no more picture talk! Oh, I never gave you the name of my dish, it’s Pork Tenderloin with Savory Apple Gravy and it’s probably one of the easiest Crockpot meals I have ever made! It takes less than 5 minutes to throw together, nice for when you’re rushing in the morning. The pork is so tender, juicy and reminds me of a meal my Grandmother would make. My Husband thinks it tastes like roast beef. I think it tastes like pork, but he is a beef eater and if he think it tastes like beef, so be it. It’s made with a pork tenderloin, chicken stock, apple juice, thyme and dijon mustard. That’s it! But what really gives this meal the ultimate taste is the gravy I pour over my ohhh so tender pork.
To make the gravy, I took my pork out of the Crockpot and covered it with foil to keep it warm and poured all of the juices into a pan and added some cornstarch and water to it to make it thick. Within a few minutes I had the most thick, creamy gravy ever. I’m pretty proud that I can make gravy now, because in my younger years I couldn’t make gravy if my life depended on it. I guess all you need is a little patience.
As I said before this is one of my Husbands favorite dishes. He doesn’t brag too much about what I cook, because everything is pretty healthy, but this is one dish that he does brag about, which makes me smile. I told him if these pictures don’t turn out, I am never making this again. You should have seen his face. It was sad! lol I know I shouldn’t laugh, but I am so flattered that he likes it so much!
I normally make it with mashed potatoes, so my Hubby can pour the gravy over it, but I decided to make it with red potatoes, which he still poured the gravy over. I actually cooked these potatoes in the microwave. I poked holes in them, put them into a microwave safe bowl, added some water and covered it and cooked them for 5 minutes. Flipped the potatoes and cook for 5 more minutes. They turned out perfect! No one would know they were made in the microwave. Just another way to make this meal quick. Plus as another side dish, I also microwaved some beans. I do have to tell you, I took my 4 ounces of meat, one potato and ate most of the beans, my Husband ate the rest! Yes he ate almost a pound of potatoes and a almost a pound of pork. See what I mean, he really likes this meal! Plus it probably helped that all he had to ate today was a banana, KIND bar and Mini Blueberry Orange Muffins that I made. How does a person who has a physical job just eat that? I would be one crabby person!! if i don’t have food I am mean!!
- 11/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin roast
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice or 1 cup applesauce (both work great)
- 1½ tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 1 heaping tsp. thyme, ground
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. ground pepper
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- 2 tbsp. cold water
- Spray the bottom of the crockpot with cooking spray and add your pork.
- In a bowl, add chicken broth, apple juice or applesauce and mustard, whisk together until combined. Pour over pork tenderloin. Add the spices and place lid on crockpot.
- Set the crockpot to low for 8 hours or on high for 4 - 5 hours.
- Once pork is cooked; carefully place pork onto plate and cover with aluminum foil.
- In a small bowl add cornstarch and water; mix until smooth.
- Take the juice left in the crockpot and place in a small sauce pan. Over medium heat; whisk in cornstarch and water mixture until it has thicken, about 2 - 4 minutes.
- Cut pork into slices and pour gravy over pork. You can even use the sauce for gravy over potatoes.
I have to laugh, the description of the meal in the summary of my recipe is my Husbands. I think this is the first time he ever participated in a blog I was writing. I’m really glad he liked this dish and if you’re a pork fan, I think you will like it too! However if you like roast beef, you may like it to, because I my Husband swears it tastes like roast beef. You be the judge of it! Either way it tastes good! Oh and if you have leftovers, it’s amazing made as a sandwich, drizzle some BBQ sauce over the pork, top with fresh sliced apples and cheese. Grill it in a Panini maker or cook in a skillet. Oh man, it’s good! I have done that with leftovers from the previous weeks.
I am posting the picture from the first time I made this dish three wekes ago, I had with sweet potatoes and applesauce. It’s the only decent picture I got and it’s a close up of the pork.
Have a great day and I just realized it’s Friday! Woohoo!!!! Have a great weekend!! No a super great weekend!!