With our sweet tooth and love of fruit, you can bet we’ve had our share of apples. But for dinner? Not as much as we’d like. This week’s recipes use apple’s natural sweetness and bright acidity to liven up our meals. Like a light and simple soup, or a more ambitious pork and apple pie. We finish off the episode with a one-and-done instant pot pork tenderloin. Sure, we’ll always love an apple crumble with a generous scoop of ice cream, but these dinner recipes were pretty delicious, too.
Sweet Potato and Apple Soup, Pork-and-Apple Bedfordshire Clangers, and Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin
Potatoes, apples, and onions are simmered in cider then blended together for a creamy, satisfying soup. We loved the cheese and crackers on the side and the walnut garnish put everything over the top. Not every fall dinner needs to be heavy to warm you up and celebrate the season. This soup is a great example.
Rating: 5 of 5
- Kate made this in the Instant Pot. On high pressure, cook for 8 minutes. Manual release. Proceed with the recipe.
- Kate paired this with cheddar cheese and was very happy.
By now you all know that Kate loves a good recipe title. Clangers have got to be up there when it comes to a name. Don’t worry- they’re more than a cool name. Spiced pork on one side of the pie and apple pie on the other means a decadent and unusual dinner. Not just delicious, but efficient!
Rating: 4 of 5
- Make the crust the day before to save time. Or buy pre-rolled crusts to save time.
- The egg wash is a nice touch and really does add a lot of color to the final pie.
- Remember- don’t underbake. Pie crust needs enough time to cook through and avoid being gummy.
All in one dinners is one of the best perks of cooking with an Instant Pot. This recipe has pork tenderloin with an apple and sweet potato mash that comes together in less than a half hour, start to finish. Simple, delicious, and full of fall goodness. Can’t ask for more.
Rating: 3 of 5
- Consider making this with only a ½ cup of cider. Add more at the end, if needed, for the mash.
- Kate was short on sweet potatoes and ended up using a honeynut squash for part of the mash. Worked very well. Just substitute an equal weight of squash for potatoes.
From the Smorgasbord:
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Sue Flateau, a wonderful member of our Facebook group and an apple expert offered a tip. Make sure your apples are from this year! Some have been in storage for a long time. Fresh apples are the best apples.