This recipe combines the earthy sweetness of sweet potatoes with the savory succulence of pork loin, all cooked to perfection in a trusty cast iron skillet in the oven.
This recipe promises to be a crowd-pleaser, blending contrasting flavors and textures into a harmonious, mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is designed to be accessible and enjoyable. So, gather your ingredients and prepare to savor the delightful aroma and taste of this Sweet Potatoes and Pork Loin in Cast Iron Oven Recipe.
This quickly became a favorite in my household. Pork loin hasn’t always been a fav and this quickly made it one! The brown sugar and the sweet potatoes really does make this meal!
Pork Tenderloin (about 2 pounds): Pork tenderloin is a lean and tender cut of pork. It’s perfect for roasting, grilling, or pan-searing. In this recipe, it serves as the main protein source.
Packed Brown Sugar (¼ cup): Brown sugar is a sweetener with a rich, caramel-like flavor. It adds sweetness to the dish and helps create a delicious glaze for the pork and sweet potatoes.
Chili Powder (1 teaspoon): Chili powder is a spice blend typically made from ground dried chili peppers, cumin, garlic, and other spices. It imparts a mild to moderate level of heat and a smoky flavor to the recipe.
Salt (1 teaspoon): Salt is a fundamental seasoning that enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps to balance the sweetness of the brown sugar.
Ground Cinnamon (½ teaspoon): Ground cinnamon is a warm and aromatic spice that adds a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. It pairs wonderfully with sweet potatoes and complements the overall flavor profile of the dish.
Garlic Powder (½ teaspoon): Garlic powder is a convenient way to add the savory taste of garlic without chopping fresh garlic cloves. It contributes a subtle garlic flavor to the dish.
Sweet Potatoes (2 medium, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes): Sweet potatoes are a nutritious and sweet-tasting root vegetable. They provide a hearty and slightly sweet element to the recipe, balancing the flavors with the pork.
Onion (1 medium, cut into thin wedges): Onions add a savory and aromatic element to the dish. When roasted, they become sweet and tender, complementing the other ingredients.
Butter (2 tablespoons, melted): Butter is used to coat the sweet potatoes and onions, adding richness and helping them caramelize during roasting. It contributes a delightful buttery flavor to the dish.
Preheat your oven to 350′ F.
Cut the pork tenderloin in half so it will fit in your cast iron skillet.
Add one tablespoon of butter to cast iron to melt it. Once it is melted add the onions. Let them cook for a few minutes.
While they are cooking, mix brown sugar and seasonings in large bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons. Add sweet potatoes, onions and butter to bowl; toss to coat well.
Rub pork tenderloin with reserved seasoning mixture.
Flip the onions and place the pork tenderloin on top of the onions. Then surround the pork loin with the sweet potatoes.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the pork is 165′ F. Remove and let sit a few minutes before slicing and serving.
FAQ About Recipe:
1. Can I use a different cut of pork instead of loin?
- Absolutely! While pork loin is lean and tender, you can also use pork chops, pork tenderloin, or even boneless pork shoulder. Adjust the cooking time accordingly, as different cuts may require different cooking times.
2. Can I use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes?
- Yes, you can substitute regular potatoes if you prefer. Just be aware that the flavor and texture will be different. Sweet potatoes add a unique sweetness and creaminess to the dish, but regular potatoes can work well too.
3. Is it necessary to use a cast iron skillet?
- While a cast iron skillet is recommended for its ability to distribute heat evenly and give a nice sear, you can use an oven-safe skillet or roasting pan if you don’t have cast iron. Just ensure it’s oven-safe and large enough to hold all the ingredients.
4. Can I marinate the pork loin before cooking?
- Certainly! Marinating the pork loin can enhance its flavor. You can use a marinade of your choice, such as herbs, garlic, soy sauce, or your favorite spices. Marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight for maximum flavor.
5. How can I ensure the pork loin stays juicy?
- To keep the pork loin juicy, avoid overcooking. Use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature; it should reach 145°F (63°C). Let the pork rest for a few minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute.
FAQ – Alternative Meats and Veggies:
1. What other meats can I use in this recipe?
- You can try chicken breasts, boneless turkey breast, or even salmon fillets for a different flavor profile. Adjust the cooking times to ensure proper doneness.
2. Are there alternative vegetables that pair well with sweet potatoes?
- Certainly! Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, or green beans are excellent options. Experiment with your favorite vegetables, but be mindful of varying cooking times and adjust as needed.
3. Can I make this recipe vegetarian or vegan?
- Yes, you can adapt this recipe by using plant-based proteins like tempeh, tofu, or seitan. Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and use plant-based butter or oil for a vegan version.
Now that you have all the information you need, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start cooking this delicious Sweet Potatoes and Pork Loin in Cast Iron Oven Recipe or explore the exciting alternatives!
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Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin w/ Sweet Potatoes
- Preheat your oven to 350′ F.
- Cut the pork tenderloin in half so it will fit in your cast iron skillet.
- Add one tablespoon of butter to cast iron to melt it. Once it is melted add the onions. Let them cook for a few minutes.
- While they are cooking, mix brown sugar and seasonings in large bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons. Add sweet potatoes, onions and butter to bowl; toss to coat well.
- Rub pork tenderloin with reserved seasoning mixture.
- Flip the onions and place the pork tenderloin on top of the onions. Then surround the pork loin with the sweet potatoes.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the pork is 165′ F. Remove and let sit a few minutes before slicing and serving.