Do you ever have one of those nights where you just don’t want to cook? I feel like it happens at least once a week for me. Those nights used to have me running for the nearest take-out place, but since buying an instant pot, that has changed!
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My Instant Pot is now the single most used appliance in my kitchen these days. I was on the fence for so long, and now I can’t imagine my life without it. Take tonight, for example. We don’t even get home until 6:30, but instead of eating out or having to remember the slow cooker at 8 am (both options I truly despise), we can now have a delicious home-cooked pork tenderloin in about 30 minutes. I love experimenting with food, and one of my favorite new things to do is experiment with creating recipes for the instant-pot. I’m not one that enjoys reading a long story before I finally get to the recipe in a blog post, so let’s get right to it!
Bacon-Apple Smothered Pork Loin Recipe
Tonight’s dinner is going to be a Bacon and Apple smothered pork loin. Yes. We’re having that delicious of a meal after an evening of carting kids around to extra-curricular activities! This is a meal the entire family loves, including my ultra-picky 2 year old, so I hope it helps you find some dinner peace, too.
I’m a huge fan of one-pot meals, especially on week nights, but I do personally prefer cooking this one in two. Bacon just isn’t the same when it isn’t cooked in cast-iron. If you choose, you can add your apples and onions to the instant pot while the meat cooks for an even faster dish.
- Pork Tenderloin (~2-3 lbs)
- 1/2 Onion – sliced
- 2 Apples – chopped
- 4-5 slices of cooked bacon – crumbled
- 1/4c Broth or Water
- 1 tbs Coconut Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
In your instant-pot, melt 1 tbs of coconut oil on the sauté mode.Add your roast, salt, and pepper, and brown the sides of the roast. Add liquid, seal your pot, and cook the roast on the meat/stew setting for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, release the pressure.
While the meat is cooking, use a cast-iron skillet to cook the bacon. Once it’s done, set aside, saving the grease.
Add sliced onion and apples to the skillet and cook until lightly browned and tender.
Serve this dish with a salad, coleslaw, or your favorite veggie.
A Recipe the Whole Family Loves
My two-year-old has been on an insanely picky streak lately. Everything I cook is either too spicy, too green, too cooked….you get the idea. When I set a plate of this in front of her, I fully expected her to pick at the apples and leave the rest of the dish wasted. Not only did she eat everything, she asked for seconds! My seven-year old also loved this dish, and asked me to make it again. She’s a bit more experimental when it comes to food, but it’s not very often that she asks me to make something again and again. This dish is definitely a winner in my book, and has now entered the coveted dinner rotation menu. Hopefully, you’ll find just as much success when you try this new instant-pot recipe for your family!