Apple Maple Dijon Pork Roast is a beautiful main course for family and holiday dinners infused with apples, maple syrup, and Dijon mustard flavors. This pork loin is oven roasted to tender, juicy perfection on the bed of vegetables. A recipe for a fantastic pan-drippings gravy is also included.
Pork Roast Main Course
Need a new main course recipe for the upcoming holidays? This Apple Maple Dijon Pork Roast will work perfectly as a holiday main course or your family weekend dinner. Apples and maple syrup work in tandem to create those cozy fall flavors you’re craving, while the Dijon balances those sweet notes with a delightful tangy kick.
So, where do the apples come in? The pork loin is actually baked atop a pile of sweet apples, so their natural flavor is infused into the meat as it cooks. You will also get a nice hint of apple flavor if you make the pan drippings gravy! So, quite literally from top to bottom, this pork loin roast is full of flavor!
When you use the pan drippings here, you’re infusing even more of that apple, vegetable, and wet rub flavors into the gravy to create the best compliment to the pork roast. After all, you’ll end up having all of those pan drippings no matter what. Why toss them out when they can be used to make the BEST gravy you’ve ever had?
Ingredients You’ll Need:
- Boneless Pork Loin – A cut that’s anywhere between 3-4 lbs. is preferred. You can adjust the cooking time accordingly if the cut is bigger or smaller. You’ll also want one that has some marbling, is pinkish red in color, and has no dark spots on the fat.
- Sweet Apples – Gala, Honeycrisp, or Fuji apples are all great. I don’t recommend using tart Granny Smith apples.
- Yellow Onion
- Celery – make sure to give your celery a rinse before using.
- Dijon Mustard – Do NOT substitute this with plain yellow mustard.
- Maple Syrup – For the best flavor, try to use pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup.
- Dried Minced Garlic
- Dried Minced Onion
- Salt – Coarse kosher or sea salt.
- Black Pepper – Freshly ground black pepper will yield the best flavor.
Pan Drippings Gravy:
- Pan Drippings – You’ll need to mix in a little chicken stock as well to create more liquid.
- Unsalted Butter
- All Purpose Flour – substitute with gluten free all purpose flour in needed!
- Black Pepper
How Much Meat to Estimate Per Person:
It’s always important to keep in mind that pork loin is a thick, wide cut of meat. A full sized pork loin can weigh up to 10 lbs. In this recipe, I use pork loins that are 3-4 lbs., which is typically what you’ll find at your local grocery store. Need to feed a large crowd? Try asking the butcher to cut you a larger sized pork loin.
The best way to estimate how much meat you’ll need is to average it out at about 1/2 lb. per person. For example, a 4 lb. pork loin will feed about 8 people. This is also dependent on the sides you’re serving. If you plate your pork roast with a hearty side alongside some vegetables, you should have a pretty filling serving size with just 1/2 lb.
How To Make This Dish:
Prepare the meat and veggies.
Start off by preheating your oven to 425°F and greasing a roasting pan with cooking oil.
Core and chop apples, onion, and celery and create a bed of fruits and veggies at the bottom of the roasting pan. Score the fat cap on the pork so the wet rub can really sink into the meat. To do this, just use a knife to make several slices through the fat cap to create a diamond pattern.
Rub the pork.
Whisk together the ingredients for the wet rub. Rub the mixture generously all over the pork loin.
Roast the pork.
Place the rubbed pork loin on top of the bed of veggies and apples. Insert a digital thermometer into the side of the pork towards the center.
Roast the pork loin for 15 minutes at 425°F. Then, lower the temperature to 350°F and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. It should take anywhere from 60-80 minutes to cook completely.
Let it rest! Once the temperature reaches 145°F, remove the pork loin from both the oven and roasting pan immediately. Place it into a serving dish and tent it with a sheet of foil. Let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving.
Make the gravy. Strain the pan drippings and prepare the ingredients for the gravy. Melt butter in the skillet and add flour. Whisk until blended and smooth and slowly start pouring in the stock. Keep whisking slowly and the gravy thickens and season it as needed.
When is pork done cooking?
Pork loin is done cooking when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. You don’t want to let it keep cooking past that, otherwise you’ll end up with dry and possibly burned meat.
It’s always best to tell when the meat is done by the temperature and not the cooking time.
I enjoy plating my Apple Maple Dijon Pork Roast with veggies and heartier sides!
Apple Maple Dijon Pork Roast
- 3.5-4 lb Boneless Pork Loin
- 2 sweet apples
- 1 small yellow onion
- 2 celery ribs
- 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp dried minced garlic
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1-1 1/2 tbsp coarse or sea salt to taste
- 1/2-1 tsp black pepper to taste
Optional Pan Drippings Gravy:
- 2 cups pan drippings and added chicken stock
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour*
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425° and grease a roasting pan with some cooking oil (or you can use a large skillet).
- Core and chop one of the apples, peel and quarter the onions, and cut celery ribs into pieces as well. Spread chopped fruit and veggies in the bottom of the roasting pan close together. The goal is to create a bed for the pork loin to sit on.
- If you have a fat cap with is pretty good thickness, it's good to score the top so that the seasoning and wet rub flavor get through to the meat.
- To score the top of the pork loin, use a sharp knife to make several slices through the fat cap, just to the meat, first in one direction and then in another, creating a diamond pattern on top.
- Whisk Dijon mustard, maple syrup, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, salt and pepper together and rub it generously, all over pork.
- Place pork loin on top of fruit and veggies in the roasting pan.
Cooking the Pork:
- Insert a digital instant read meat thermometer probe through the side of the pork, towards the center to track the internal temperature.
- Place the roasting pan into the oven and cook at 425° for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350°. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145° degrees. Pork loin will take about 60-80 minutes to cook all together but tracking the internal temperature is the best way to tell if the pork is done.
- Take the pork out of the oven and out of the roasting pan right away. Place it into a serving dish, cover it loosely with a sheet of foil and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before cutting.
Optional Pan Drippings Gravy:
- Strain the pan drippings (and the cooked veggies) from the roasting pan into a measuring cup through a fine mesh strainer. Press a few times on the veggies in the strainer to get the juices out. Discard what is left in the strainer. Note: there will be more juices from pork in the dish while it is resting, be sure to get those juices and add it to the pan drippings.
- Measure and prepare all the ingredients to be ready on hand before starting to cook because this gravy will go fast.
- Melt butter in a cooking pan over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in flour until smooth and blended.
- While still whisking, start pouring in the pan drippings and chicken stock. Keep whisking until smooth. Taste to see if you need to add any salt and pepper.
- Slowly stir as the gravy comes to low simmer and thickens. Cook for a couple extra minutes, stirring slowly, and take off heat.
Originally published on October 31, 2014.