I bought a pork loin and was looking for something fast and easy (but still tasty) to make with it for dinner. I had also recently bought some Emeril’s Essence Creole Seasoning. You can find a recipe for it here if you want to make it yourself instead of buying it. I will probably make my own in the future, but just bought this on a whim when I saw it in the spice section.
I also had some apples that I needed to use and apples go with pork, right? We filled out the meal with a side of steamed cauliflower, broccoli, and baby-cut carrots.
So, this is what I made…
Creole Pork Loin
Pork loin (mine was 1.4 lbs)
- 1-2 Tbsp coconut oil (or whatever oil you prefer)
- Emeril’s Essence (recipe for making your own)
- 1 Tbsp liquid for deglazing pan (wine, water, gin, broth, orange juice, apple juice, etc.)
- 2 Tbsp of heavy cream or half/half
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Trim the pork loin of any excess fat and silver skin. Sprinkle pork loin with spice mixture and press it on. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or other oven safe pan. Sear pork loin on all sides in skillet on stove top. Put skillet in oven and bake for 10-20 minutes depending on the thickness of your pork loin. What I can find online indicates that the internal temperature of the pork should be 150°F to 155°F when it is done.
Remove from oven, take pork out of pan and place on plate to rest. Place skillet back on the stove top over medium heat and use your preferred liquid to deglaze pan. Then, add cream and let sauce thicken slightly while you stir. After pork has rested for 10 minutes, slice it and serve with the cream sauce on the side or on top. It doesn’t make a LOT of sauce, but the flavor is very intense, so you don’t need much.
Pan-Fried Cinnamon Apples
- 4 small apples, quartered, cored, and sliced
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp honey
Prepare apples. Melt butter in a frying pan and then sauté the apples in the butter until they start to soften. Sprinkle on cinnamon and honey. Continue to cook until soft, but nor mushy. Serve warm.
There was no pork or apples leftovers…both were loved by all the kids. They did eat their veggie too. 🙂