This one pot, Pork Tenderloin with Bacon and Apples recipe is so easy to make and just so darn good, your family will request it again and again! The combination of apples, spices, and bacon, is perfect for fall and makes for a deliciously savory, with just a touch of sweetness, main dish!
One of our goals as a family is to have more dinners at the actual dinner table. (As opposed to the kids sitting at the breakfast bar and hubby and I standing across from them in the kitchen to eat.)
I know for many families, Sundays are the perfect day for a sit-down dinner. For us, Sundays are the days we tend to get out and do things as a family, which of course, leads to a rushed Sunday evening and no time for a traditional Sunday dinner. So mid-week dinners works best for us. But that also means I need meal plans and recipes that are easy to prep and fast to cook.
You might be surprised to know that this meal of Pork Tenderloin with Bacon and Apples and mashed potatoes came together in about 35 minutes! (Pork tenderloin cooks fairly fast.)
Pork Tenderloin Baking tips:
Sear the tenderloin before baking: For a moist pork tenderloin, always take the time to sear the tenderloin on all sides. Searing the meat first gives it that golden-brown crust and helps seal in the juices.
Use a meat thermometer: You want to make sure you cook the tenderloin to the correct temperature. If you undercook, then you run the risk of food-born illnesses, but if you overcook the pork tenderloin, it will dry out and be tough to eat. Use a digital thermometer and cook the pork to 145 degrees F.
What to serve with pork tenderloin
My favorite side dish for pork tenderloin is mashed Potatoes! If you are looking for a fancier way to serve your potatoes, check out these recipes:
- Zesty Parmesan Ranch Baked Potato Wedges
- Loaded Mashed Potato Bake
- Cheesy Baked Potato Mac and Cheese
Pork Tenderloin with Bacon and ApplesPrint
The combination of apples, spices and bacon is a perfect complement to the pork and makes for a deliciously savory, with just a touch of sweetness, main dish!
- 1 large pork tenderloin (about 1.5 to 2.5lbs)
- 10 strips of uncooked bacon, diced
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 to 3 baking apples, halved w/ cores removes (use as many as your dish will fit.)
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle pork with pumpkin pie spice, salt, and pepper.
- Add bacon and pork to pan, searing pork on all 4 sides til browned (about 5 minutes.) Be sure to stir bacon around to prevent burning.
- Turn off heat
- Add apples to the dish, cut side up, topping each apple with a slice of butter.
- Transfer Dish to oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until meat thermometer reaches 145 F.
- Let pork rest for a few minutes. Slice and serve with Apples and Idahoan Signature Russets Mashed Potatoes.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.