I created this simple and delicious dish in partnership with the National Pork Board. All opinions and the entire recipe creation is 100% my thoughts and my own.
You know that person that gives more than they have, and with a smile and warm heart? That person that hears about a friend in need and whips up a dessert and drops it off without even needing to hear the entire story? Whose heart overflows with generosity and whose eyes sparkle with joy at the thought of providing love to a person whose heart is breaking?
This year I’m honored to team up with the National Pork Board to celebrate Porksgiving. From November 2 through the end of the year, the National Pork Board is looking to inspire people across the country to take the time to give and say thanks. After all, there’s no better way to show someone how much you appreciate them than with a home-cooked meal made with pork.
That person is my friend Rachel. If you are lucky enough to know someone like Rachel, count yourself immeasurably blessed. People like this make a real difference in this world, spreading light in the darkness and soothing loneliness with love.
Now, cooking is definitely something Rachel is better at than I am. But I know for a fact that acts of service and time are her love language. So I want to cook up the recipe for her and her family as a way of saying “thank you.” I’d love to just take over this entire skillet meal to her house, all warm and bubbling, so she doesn’t have to worry about dinner prep and clean up. I hope she knows how much I appreciate her friendship. This nurturing meal is one way to communicate my appreciation.
Please read about the recipe below. And if you want to browse other super simple pork recipes to show someone you love that you appreciate their selflessness, come back here and share which recipes you found. A warm pork meal is a perfect way to show someone you appreciate them without saying a word.
My favorite recipes to make require one dish and less than 3 steps. I am not a chef and I really don’t enjoy washing dishes or reading a lengthy list of steps.
My friend, I am thrilled to share with you one of the easiest recipes ever. In fact, I cooked this up while my friend was over and my kids were running around. My friend was so shocked that dinner was ready while she sat at the table and chatted. It was seriously that simple.
Perhaps my favorite aspect of this recipe is the warm and inviting aroma that fills the house. There is something so incredibly autumn-like about the smell of warm apple cider.
View the recipe on PorkBeInspired.com.
Another option is to cut the pork into cutlets, then marinate them in the apple cider before cooking them. This helps you avoid the problem of meat that is dry or chewy. The cider fills the chops even through the cooking process. Divine!
Here’s the recipe, but I’m sure you’ll be able to memorize it! Please share this recipe with anyone else you know that needs a “no brainer” entree idea!
Apple Cider Pork Loin Cutlets
Cook Time 15 min
Total Time 25 min
- 1 pork loin roast (about 1 lb), cut into 1/2-inch thick cutlets
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch asparagus
- Spices for flavoring: sea salt, cinnamon, pepper
- Put everything in the skillet over medium-low heat
- Cook, covered, turning pork after 4 minutes on each side.
- Verify “done-ness” of pork by cooking it to an internal temp between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest.) and make sure there is a blush of pink in the middle.
- Optional: When you flip the meat to the 2nd side, put asparagus on top and cover and cook everything together. The asparagus will come out crisp-perfect with an amazing flavor!
Get inspired to give back with juicy, tender pork all season by visiting www.PorkBeInspired.com/Porksgiving. There, the National Pork Board is sharing inspiration via stories featuring how Americans are giving back and saying thanks with the gift of pork. Find more recipes to share during Porksgiving on Facebook and follow the brand on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.