The Perfect Vegetable Sides for Pork Loin Roast: Apple Onion Mash and Apple Sauteed Veggies

by Jenn on August 6, 2009

in Dairy Free,Gluten Free,Vegetarian

Apples and figs were made to compliment pork.  This is the pork loin roast that I made earlier, served with apple flavored vegetables that brought the perfect sweetness to the dish.  I especially love the dragon carrots that I found at the farmer’s market!  I’d never bought purple carrots before, and love the bright colors.  There are two vegetable parts to this dish – the apple onion mash, and then the sauteed veggies.  The mash was great, and a totally unique alternative to say, mashed potatoes.  It keeps the dish on the lighter side so it felt like it belonged more in the summer than in the dead of winter.


Apple Onion Mash

2 tbs. olive oil
1 apple, finely diced
1 red onion, finely diced
juice of one lemon
1/2 cup applesauce
thyme, rosemary

1. Heat up olive oil in a skillet.  Once hot (say on med-high), add in onion and apple and squeeze in lemon juice.
2. Saute until translucent, the lemon will really bring out the pink color of the red onions.
3. Add in applesauce and seasonings, saute for another minute or two.
4. Remove from heat, and pulse in food processor until consistency of a mash.




Apple Sauteed Green Beans and Carrots

2 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. or so of greenbeans
1 bunch of dragon carrots
splash white wine
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup slivered almonds

1. In a  skillet on med-high heat, heat up olive oil.  Once hot, add in green beans and carrots.
2. In a separate smaller pan, add in wine, applesauce, and almonds.  Heat until it comes to a boil, and stir every now and then to mix it together.
3. Once sauce is hot, add over the vegetables, turn heat down to med-low, and cover.
4. Let simmer for about 5 minutes  or until vegetables are softened the desired amount.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Charli August 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I love the idea of the apple-onion mash! I had roast pork 2 nights ago just with roasted veggies thrown in which was amazing, but that could have taken it over the top!


Diane-thewholegang August 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

The Apple Onion Mash sounds great. I’ve never had anything like that. I’m def going to give that a try. Very creative.


Chuck April 2, 2013 at 4:03 am

I just made the sautéed green beans & carrots tonight came out awesome! Had it with a Chipolte lime pork roast. Any idea what the nutritional info is?


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