Name a more iconic duo than pork and apples.
It's hard to beat a beautiful roast pork when winter kicks in. This roast pork recipe with apples and blackberries is a sneak peek from Clodagh McKenna's new book Clodagh’s Suppers, a collection of 120 seasonal recipes, menus and personal secrets on how to elevate shared meals with family and friends to an inspired moment to remember with absolute ease.
"Their juicy sweetness with the sour cooking apples, soaking into the pork while it roasts is incredible. The apple crisps are so simple to make and look fabulous dotted around the serving dish. I like to serve a creamy gratin dauphinoise with this dish or simple buttery mashed potatoes." - Clodagh McKenna
Clodagh's Suppers is now available to purchase in store at our butcher.
PREP TIME: 30 mins COOK TIME: 2 hours SERVES: 6
200g cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced
30 fresh blackberries
1 onion, finely diced
1 tablespoon finely chopped
40g fresh white breadcrumbs
50g butter, melted
1.5kg boneless loin of pork
3 rosemary sprigs
sea salt and freshly ground black
FOR THE APPLE CRISPS
2 cooking apples
ground cinnamon, for dusting
FOR THE APPLE & BLACKBERRY SAUCE
400g cooking apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
20 fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 rosemary sprig
Preheat the oven to 220C.
Add the apples, blackberries, onion, chopped rosemary, breadcrumbs and melted butter to a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Butterfly the pork loin by making a slit down its length, cutting just deep enough so that you can open the loin up to lie flat like a book; don’t cut all the way through.
Spoon the stuffing mixture onto the meat and spread it evenly, then close up the meat and secure it in its original shape by tying it together at intervals with kitchen string, tucking the rosemary sprigs under the string. Push in any stuffing that escapes from the ends.
Rub the joint all over with salt and pepper and place in a roasting tray. Roast for 25 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180C, and roast for a further 1 hour 10 minutes (or 20 minutes per 450g).
While the pork is roasting, prepare the apple crisps. Core the apples and slice very thinly through the middle. Dust with cinnamon and lay on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Bake in the oven with the pork (at the lower temperature) for 45 minutes–1 hour, turning halfway through, until dried out and light golden, checking and removing any crisps that are ready as and when.
Meanwhile, make the apple and blackberry sauce. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan, cover the pan with a lid and cook gently, stirring every so often, for 15–20 minutes until the apples start to break down.
Once the pork is cooked, pour about 100ml of the cooking juices into the sauce and stir well.
Serve slices of pork with the hot apple and blackberry sauce and apple crisps.