Pork Loin with Apple Gravy

Pork Loin with Apple Gravy

Growing up, I was not a fan of pork. I didn’t like ham or bacon. In fact, the only way you could get me to eat any pork was with Shake ‘N Bake (which I still love). While I still can’t stand ham, I’ve discovered that bacon isn’t so bad, and there are other ways to eat pork beyond Shake ‘N Bake.

A few years ago, just before my wedding, I was introduced to pork tenderloin. I was a guest in someone’s home so I politely ate the pork that was being served. What a surprise! I enjoyed the flavor. I wanted to find ways to make it on my own. And, I have.

This recipe, Pork Tenderloin with Savory Apple Gravy, was found on Pinterest. The tenderloin was easy to make in the slow cooker and quite delicious.

I started by lining my slow cooker with a liner. Then, I lightly seasoned the pork loin with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper before placing it into the slow cooker. In a small bowl, I whisked together 1 cup chicken broth, 1 cup apple sauce, 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp dried thyme, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. After it was well blended, I poured the mixture over the tenderloin, then put the cover on the slow cooker and cooked the pork on low for 8 hours. 

Once the pork was done, I removed the pork to a platter and kept it covered with aluminum foil so it would remain warm.

Then, I created a roux in a saucepan using 1 Tbsp melted butter and 1 Tbsp flour. After a couple of minutes, I added all the juice remaining in the crock pot, stirring until it thickened into a nice gravy. Finally, I sliced the pork tenderloin and served it with the gravy.

Pork Loin with Apple Gravy
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr 5 min
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr 5 min
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 lb boneless pork tenderloin
  2. Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
  3. 1 c. chicken broth
  4. 1 c. apple sauce
  5. 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  6. 1 tsp dried thyme
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  9. 2 Tbsp butter
  10. 2 Tbsp flour
Instructions
  1. Line your slow cooker with liner (or spray it with cooking spray)
  2. Season the pork tenderloin with kosher salt and ground pepper. Add the pork to the slow cooker.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, apple sauce, mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour over pork tenderloin.
  5. Cook the pork on low for 8 hours.
  6. Once pork is cooked, remove the pork to a plate then cover with aluminum foil.
  7. In a small saucepan, melt butter then add flour to create a roux.
  8. Add all the remaining juice left in the slow cooker to the sauce pan.
  9. Stir together and allow to thicken into a nice gravy.
  10. Slice the pork and serve with the gravy.
Notes
  1. Tastes great served with roasted potatoes.
Adapted from Peanut Butter & Peppers
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About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.

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  1. Hi Denise! I’m stopping in from Let’s Get Real today. Your recipe is now on my list to try. Apple gravy? Sounds fantastic! The sweet flavor of the applesauce with the pork sounds wonderful And……….you had me at crock pot. Don’t like bacon? My boys think bacon is one of the food groups. They crack me up!

  2. I like bacon now, although I will admit that I prefer the flavor of turkey bacon. So far it seems that my daughters don’t take after me and actually like it and most other pork, even ham. 😉

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