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Roasted garlic & peppercorn pork has met its match with sweet potatoes and apples in this one pan garlic pepper pork dinner. Ready in less than 30 minutes.
One pan meals. Sheet pan dinners. Single skillet suppers. Whatever you choose to call them, as a home chef you will love them! Mainly because the magic happens in the oven with minimal mess, leaving you with a cleanup that is quick and easy.
This one pan garlic pepper pork dinner is no different. Featuring Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Peppercorn Tenderloin and a 30 minute prep/cook time, it’s packed full of real flavor for a real fast meal.
Like most one pan meals, the baked apple and sweet potato side dishes are built right in, making this a complete balanced meal that the whole family will love.
One of my most favorite things about this one pan meal is the amazing way the whole house fills with the wonderful aroma of garlic and peppers as it cooks. Somehow it smells like I’ve been cooking all day.
As mentioned above, this recipe features Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Peppercorn Tenderloin. Find it in the refrigerator section at your local Walmart, along with multiple other varieties of Smithfield® pork. There are roasts, chops, and loin filets, all of which will inspire quick and easy weeknight dinners.
Like most quick and easy 30 minute meals, make sure you start this one by preheating your oven. We roast the whole dish at 400 degrees and if you don’t let the oven get started first you’ll be ready for it before it is ready for you.
Chop your onion, sweet potato, and apple so that they are about 1/2″ in size. The apples will cook the quickest and while mushy apples remind me of applesauce in this dish, if you chop them smaller than 1/2″ they are more likely to stick and burn.
The sweet potatoes on the other hand will still be crunchy if you chop them much larger than 1/2″. If you want your sweet potatoes to be softened through, cut the sweet potato in quarters long ways, then slicing the quarters into 1/8″ or 1/4″ slices, which will help them cook faster.
To make this a true one pan meal I recommend using a 13″ – 14″ oven safe skillet, like the 13.25″ cast iron skillet in the photos. It is safe for searing on the stovetop and roasting in the oven, while also being large enough to hold the entire tenderloin along with all the sides. Bonus: it can go straight to the table, which means no extra dishes to wash.
If you don’t have a skillet this large you can make this using two pans. (I won’t tell anyone!) The easiest way to do it is to cut the tenderloin in half so that you have two smaller tenderloins. Use a standard skillet to sear the pork, then place it onto a sheet pan. Add the veggies and cook as instructed in the recipe below.
If like me you end up with leftover pork, there are many delicious ways to repurpose it. I used a little bit of it for omelets with cheese and avocado. I also used some to make pork tacos with homemade slaw.
However, my favorite way to repurpose this one pan garlic pepper pork dinner is to make pork grilled cheese and apple sweet potato soup. Thin slices of pork and cheese (I used gruyere) make a flavor packed sandwich, while the sweet potatoes, onions, and apples are blended with a bit of veggie broth to make a quick soup. It came together quick and easy, and didn’t taste at all like I was eating leftovers!
For other 30 minute recipes featuring Smithfield® pork, check out my Grilled Pork Chop Surf and Turf or my Citrus Glazed Pork Chops. Also be sure to check out Smithfield® Real Flavor Real Fast for more 30 minute recipe ideas and enter to win a trip to wine country!
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One Pan Garlic Pepper Pork Dinner
For the Veggies:
- 1 granny smith apple 2 cups chopped
- 1 medium sweet potato 2 cups chopped
- 1/2 sweet onion 1 1/2 cups chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
For the Pork:
- 1 - 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1.5 lb Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Peppercorn Tenderloin
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Chop the onion, sweet potato, and apple, then toss with the olive oil, dried thyme, salt & pepper.
- Preheat a large, 13" - 14", oven safe skillet over medium high heat, then add in just enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
- Seared the pork tenderloin on all 4 sides, about 1 - 2 minutes per side.
- Add the seasoned veggies on either side of the pork and place it all in the oven.
- Roast for 15 - 20 minutes or until the veggies have softened and the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 degrees. Allow it to rest 5 minutes and come up to 145 degrees prior to serving.