In 24 hours, I have fallen completely in love with this pork loin recipe. Maybe infatuated is the better term. The rub gives you heat, spice, and a little salt. The apple slaw/salsa/whatever you want to call it adds a little sweet, a little sour, a little cooling effect, and good texture. I could probably eat this for the next several days and not grow tired of it. It’s that complex and well thought out.
That said, I wish I had thought of this myself. Alas, I found it on Pinterest or Google or through some other search engine. Click here for the original recipe. As usual, I modified a bit. Some due to the fact that the original recipe only calls for 1lb of pork (who buys a pork loin that’s only 1lb?!) and mine was a little over 4, but also to adjust so it wasn’t too spicy and my kids could still eat it.
The adjustments I made are below:
Instead of TEASPOON measurements, I used TABLESPOON, plus a little more. I’d say maybe half a tablespoon more than what it called for.
I did not have pimenton, so I used regular old paprika. (Thank goodness, I thought, a mild seasoning!)
I did trim the loin lengthwise, removing a piece of fat that ran the whole length of the pork. But I left the rest of the little bits on for some extra flavor!
I did not measure anything. I diced one average size Granny Smith, used the juice from one large lime, peeled a little of the peel off, approximated the cilantro, and substituted about 1/8cup applesauce for apple juice (only because I forgot juice at the store – but to our benefit. I think it would’ve been too watery with juice). The only thing that was exact was the jalapeno. I had exactly 1 half left from guacamole I made last week. I finely diced it though (don’t think the kids would appreciate strips of jalapeno!).
I’m sure this is great on an outdoor grill, but when I made this last night it was 16º during the day time. I wasn’t about to shovel my deck and stand in the freezing cold. So I cut the loin into fourths before I rubbed it, pulled out the grill pan, smoked my best friend out of my house, and finished it in the oven. I would say 6 minutes on each side is pretty accurate. Maybe a few more. You want it still soft and springy in the middle. Then cook it for about 30 minutes at 375º. Slice and spoon the salsa over top. I served it with broccoli and some Parmesan noodles, but Spanish rice would’ve been the perfect compliment.
DELICIOUS!!! And the leftovers are perfect to use in my “MINEZOLE” soup. (Recipe to follow, stay tuned!)
Bonus: I discovered that apparently this slaw is the only way my 17mos old will eat the WHOLE apple- not spitting it out after she sucks the juice out. Score!