If you’re anything like me, you’re probably always looking for new ways to prepare old favorites. So, how does pork loin with spicy maple chutney sound? What exactly is chutney? Well, it’s like a relish of Indian origin that is normally made with fruit, vinegar, and some spices. Because of its flavor combination, it goes perfect with pork.
Today I am super excited to be collaborating again with Little Creek Maple Farms in New Hampshire. This small batch maple syrup manufacturer makes a DELICIOUS product of excellent quality. One of the proprietors of this farm is an old co-worker from many moons ago. Last year we collaborated and I made a delicious Sweet and Spicy Maple Barbecue Sauce.
An unlikely combination
This sweet and spicy chutney is made with apples, bacon, jalapeño peppers, shallots, spices, and of course maple syrup.
Although maple syrup is traditionally considered American, it was actually the Native Americans who taught the settlers the secrets of this precious amber liquid. Making maple syrup is a labor intensive process indeed, which contributes to its high cost. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup because sap is 98% water. WOW!!
As you boil the chutney, make sure you do so at a medium temperature since sugar can burn easily and give you an acrid taste. You want to end up with a perfectly balance that will make your taste buds dance with joy.
If you love pork loin, here are a few other recipes I think you might like to try:
For an exotic taste there is pork loin in tamarind sauce
You might also enjoy a touch of the south with roasted garlic and herbed pork loin and grits. This is a favorite at my house.
Do you like Thai food? If you do, then you will love this pork loin with peanut sauce. A great weeknight meal.
Pork Loin with Spicy Maple Chutney
This recipe for pork loin with spicy maple chutney is very easy to make. The pork is marinated for a few hours which infuses it with flavor. The chutney is a combination of sweet and spicy flavors. The sweetness comes from maple syrup.
- 1 1/2 lbs. pork loin
- To make the marinade:
- In a glass jar whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, allspice, pepper, thyme and garlic.
- Place pork in a glass dish. Poke on both sides several times with a sharp knife. Pour marinade over and refrigerate covered for about 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 400'F.
- To prepare chutney:
In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, allspice, and brown ginger.
- In a saucepan on medium heat place shallots, and sprinkle with salt. Sweat down for about 20 minutes.
Add jalapeños and bacon. Cook for about 10 minutes until the bacon starts to turn brown.
Stir in the maple syrup.
Cook for 20-30 minutes until it starts to thicken slightly.
Add the cubed apples, and stir well to coat evenly. Cook for about 10 additional minutes.
Remove from heat, and set aside until pork is ready to serve.
To cook the pork:
- In a non-stick pan sear pork loin on all sides on medium high heat until it is brown on all sides, Use a pair of tongs to turn pork loin.
Place pork loin in a baking dish, and bake in the oven for 20 minutes uncovered or until it has an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Remove from the oven, and transfer to a cutting board. Cover with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
Serve with chutney.