Hey! Happy Monday after the Super Bowl!
Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their incredible Super Bowl win. It was an awesome game. They set such a good example of never give up. It looked like the Seahawks were gonna take it, but the Pats stopped them with an incredible play by Malcolm Butler and they kept the win!
Ok, I am not even a football fan, but how could you not be impressed?
Before the game I made a roast pork tenderloin. I simply threw on some salt, pepper and garlic salt for taste and I baked it for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it rest for 5 minutes and perfection.
My sister in law makes a sauce for her pork that is delish. She adds Dijon mustard to some maple syrup and cooks it for a few minutes to warm it. She may add butter, but I didn’t and it was so freakin’ good on the pork. I don’t have proportions because I just add to taste. I don’t like overly sweet so I had more mustard than maple syrup to give it some tang. If you prefer sweeter, add more Maple Syrup than mustard.
Dan and I had gone out to dinner on Friday night. One of the side dishes offered was baked apples and cinnamon. They were good and it prompted me to look for an apple dish that I could make in the crockpot to go with my pork.
I combined two recipes and came up with this:
Crock Pot Apples
4 Granny Smith Apples
4 Braeburn Apple
¼ cup light brown sugar
Cinnamon – to taste
Nutmeg – to taste
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 pats of butter
Spray crockpot with cooking oil so apples won’t stick.
Peel and core all the apples. Cut apples into slices and throw in crockpot.
Add all other ingredients to apples, except butter and stir until mixed up.
Add the butter pats to the top of the apple mixture.
Put your crockpot on low for 3-4 hours until the apples are soft but not mushy.
You guys this was so good! Yes, there was some sugar in here but it was a very low amount compared to the apple amount. My recipes called for more sugar but I kept it on the less sweet side. The apples have enough sugar anyway so I felt it didn’t need more. I don’t love overly sweet so it was perfect for me. Feel free to add more if you like it sweeter.
It was the perfect side dish to my pork. Ugh, so good. Tasted just like the inside of an apple pie or crisp. MM MMM
I had a bunch left over so today I heated up some of the apples and topped ricotta cheese with them. I wanted to give the snack some protein and I thought the ricotta would be a nice cool element to the warm, sweet apples.
This was a great snack. Very satisfying, not too sweet and I got some protein in. A great snowy, winter, midday warmer upper? You know what I mean..