I used purple cabbage (also known as red cabbage) because of all of its health benefits.
Health benefit: Cabbage is a great store of vitamin C and vitamin K. The rich deep color of this vegetable is due to a high concentration of anthocyanin polyphenols (strong dietary antioxidants, possessing anti-inflammatory properties), making it have even more phytonutrients than a green cabbage. A few studies also show that anthocyanins may help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. It is rich in anti-oxidants which makes skin supple and clear.
Although this might look complicated, it was easy to put together. We had it another night and I was surprised that it reheated well.
My husband's only complaint was that he wished there had been more apples. The recipe called for two but I only had one so next time I will make sure to use two.
Happy St. Patrick's Day
Dijon Pork with Cabbage and Apples
1/2 head green or red cabbage, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
2 large apples - cored and sliced into thin wedges
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 (16 ounce) pork tenderloins
1 tablespoon coarse-grain Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place 1 rack in center position and another 4 inches from broiler. Spray a rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray.
- Toss together cabbage and apples with 3 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on prepared sheet pan and arrange in an even layer.
- Pat pork dry and season with remaining teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons oil with mustard, vinegar, honey, and thyme in a small bowl. Spread over all sides of pork and set pork on top of cabbage and apples.
- Roast on center rack until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of thickest part of each tenderloin registers 130 degrees F, about 25 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven and turn oven to broil. When broiler is hot, put pan on top rack and broil until pork has a golden-brown crust, thermometer registers 145 degrees F, and cabbage and apples have a light char, about 5 minutes. Cover pan loosely with foil and let pork rest 10 minutes before slicing. Serve pork warm with cabbage and apples, sprinkled with parsley (if using).
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