That’s right, I said it.  A pork tenderloin dinner made in a single cast iron skillet.

I saw a video on this meal and wanted to give it a whirl.  It looked simple enough, and even tasty enough, to make for friends.  So going purely off of the video I was able to pull it off quite well, IMHO.  I ran over to Bass Pro Shop and bought my first cast iron skillet.  I’ve always wanted one so it was the perfect chance to persuade my wife.  “Look babe, I’ll make dinner but I need to get a few things.”  One of them being this bad boy.

I adjusted the ingredients just a tad to add more veggies.  This recipe will easily serve six hangry friends and family.  I’d say the total time, prep and all, is no more than 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need

2 pounds of boneless pork tenderloin (most stores sell it that size vacuum sealed)
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil (personal preference)
6 cloves of garlic
2 large red onions, sliced
3 medium apples, sliced (the crisper the better)
1 sweet potato, cubed
1 cup hard cider

Preheat the oven to 375.  You’ll also need to soften up the sweet potato cubes, so microwave them for four minutes.

pork-tenderloin-in-cast-iron-pan-1-of-8Along with some olive oil sear the tenderloin in a very hot skillet, turning to brown all sides.  Add salt and pepper to your liking.  Once they’re brown all the way around take it out and set to the side.

pork-tenderloin-in-cast-iron-pan-2-of-8Add the onions, garlic, apples, and semi-cooked sweet potatoes to the skillet.  Let them cook down and soften up.

pork-tenderloin-in-cast-iron-pan-3-of-8Once they cook and soften up add a cup of hard cider.  I used the Ace cider but will change to a more crisp cider next time.

pork-tenderloin-in-cast-iron-pan-4-of-8After everything cooks down a bit add the tenderloin back into the skillet, covering it with the onions, apples and sweet potatoes.  Place the skillet in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

What?  I have to kill fifteen minutes.  Tick tock, tick tock….

Smackalacka BOOM!  You have yourself a fantastic meal.

pork-tenderloin-in-cast-iron-pan-8-of-8Slice up, serve, and enjoy.  See, I told you it was easy.

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My name is Roger Paige, aka The Focused Traveler. Periodically I am also known as hey you, yahoo, and dinkus. For the last three years I have claimed the revered title of a Masshole by moving to Massachusetts. Prior to that I lived in Southern California for nearly thirty years. That would be the place where I cut my teeth in the media world’s pacifier called the web. What Exactly Do I Do? I am a time-traveler, a raconteur, lensman, and cinematographer. Well, the time-traveler may be a stretch but I like the term, so it’s staying. Telling stories is my thing. Telling stories along with pictures and video is my even bigger thing. Telling stories on social media platforms about how awesomely amazing brands and their products are by using my stories, photographs and video is my even bigger BIGGER thing. I photograph: food, both static and squirming on the plate, people, places, things, whatchamacallits and thingamajigs. My imagination knows no boundaries.

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