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Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apple Wedges and Sweet Potato Mash

Pork and apples just seem to complete each other. Roasting apples concentrates their yumminess and is far speedier than making sauce. Babies love the double dose of natural sweetness from apples and sweet potatoes and parents love that they're packed with good-for-baby vitamins

August 24th, 2012

Recipe by LeeAnne Wright

"This recipe was very tasty and it was nice to have fruit in our meal for a change! Elliott loves pork; we didn't purée it, but we diced and mashed it and he really liked it." - Morgan Caswell, mom of 9-month-old Elliott, Calgary
Make 5 servings + 1 cup baby food
Prep Time
15 minutes

On the Table

30 minutes
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½-inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 medium Courtland apples, halved and cored, each cut into wedges
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges (keep root end intact)
  • 2 tsp olive oil, divided salt and ground pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins, ¾ lb each, trimmed of excess fat
  1. Set one oven rack to the upper level and the other to the bottom half, then preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Steam sweet potatoes in covered pot for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain, reserving water for baby meal. Transfer sweet potato back to pot and mash with butter and nutmeg. Keep warm.

  3. In a small saucepan, stir together vinegar, maple syrup and soy sauce. Over high heat, bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture has reduced to a syrupy consistency—about 10 minutes.

  4. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss apples and onion with 1 teaspoon oil. Arrange in a single layer. Season apples with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven on the lower rack for 15 minutes. Cover with foil when done.

  5. In an ovenproof skillet, add remaining oil and place over high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper. When pan is hot, sear pork on all sides, turning after 2 minutes. Brush pork with glaze and roast on the upper rack for 10 minutes. Remove and brush with glaze. Roast for another 10 minutes or until pork registers 150°F.

  6. Transfer pork to a cutting board, and let rest 10 minutes. Slice pork and serve with sweet potato mash and top with apples and onions. Drizzle remaining glaze over each serving.

Nutrients Per Serving

394 calories, 12 g fat, 64 mg calcium, 652 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrates, 5 g fibre, 27 g protein. Excellent source of vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B12 and zinc; good source of vitamin C and magnesium.

Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Apple Wedges and Sweet Potato Mash
Photography by Michael Alberstat

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