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This tasty Pork Loin with Apples and Mashed Potatoes dinner can be made in your Instant Pot in about 30 minutes – perfect for either easy weeknight cooking or weekend entertaining!
While I enjoy cooking for my family most evenings I want to make a meal that is quick and easy, not time consuming and complicated. I am always looking for ways I can serve tasty food that is good for my family without spending hours in the kitchen. The Instant Pot is great for creating these types of meals, like this one pot dinner of Instant Pot Pork with Apples and Mashed Potatoes.
Smithfield All Natural Pork
For this recipe I used a Smithfield All Natural Boneless Loin Filet that I bought at Walmart. I know that I can count on Smithfield All Natural Pork to be high quality because they supply naturally tender and juicy fresh pork with no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, no added steroids or hormones. Smithfield Fresh Pork is hand-selected based on coloring and marbling, so I know that it will be high quality and easy to prepare.
One Pot Instant Pot Meal
Pork is a versatile meat and is easy to prepare many ways, including roasting, sauteing, grilling or in a pressure cooker. I decided to use my Instant Pot pressure cooker to cook this pork loin because the Instant Pot lets me make the entire meal all together at one time, which is a huge convenience.
To cook the boneless pork loin I first seasoned it with fennel, rosemary, salt and pepper. Then I used the saute feature of the Instant Pot to brown it and seal in the flavors. I love to serve apples with pork, so I sliced some up and cooked them in the Instant Pot also.
To make the potatoes I peel and halved some potatoes and put them in my Instant Pot steamer basket. Then I set the steamer basket on top of the pork loin and brought the Instant Pot to pressure for 15 minutes. The apples and potatoes cooked right along with the pork. When the timer went off and the pressure was released dinner was almost ready. I let the pork sit for a few minutes while I mashed the potatoes with milk and butter, and then everything was ready to go.
The pork was moist and delicious and the apples and apple juice gave it a subtle apple flavor. As an extra bonus I loved not having to wash multiple dishes! And if there are any leftovers it is delicious for lunch the next day. I like to make a quick Pork Fried Rice with leftovers or add it to a Soba noodle bowl.
Instant Pot Pork Loin with Apples and Mashed Potatoes
- 2 Tablespoon butter
- 1.5 pound Smithfield All Natural Boneless Loin Filet
- 2 teaspoon rosemary
- 2 teaspoon fennel
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 apples
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 6 Potatoes
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- rosemary sprigs
- Put the Instant Pot on Saute and melt the butter.
- Season the pork with rosemary, fennel, salt and pepper. Brown the pork loin on all sides, taking about 4 minutes.
- Peel and slice the apples while the pork browns.
- Remove the pork to a plate and add the apples. Saute for 4 minutes.
- Peel and halve the potatoes while the apples cook.
- Return the pork to the Instant Pot on top of the apples and add the apple juice.
- Put the cut potatoes in a steamer basket and set it on top of the pork.
- Hit the Keep Warm/Cancel button of the Instant Pot and put the lid on. Set it for Manual mode, and use the down button to change the time to 15 minutes. (adjust the time if your have a larger pork loin)
- When the timer goes off manually release the steam. Then take the pork roast out and use a meat thermometer to make sure it has reached a minimum of 145 F. Garnish it with rosemary and set aside to rest for a few minutes.
- Put the potatoes in a bowl and mash with the butter and milk.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the apples and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
- I made this with a 1.5 pound boneless loin filet and it had no problem exceeding a safe temperature for pork (145 F) with 15 minutes of pressurization. But you should always check the temperature of your roasts with a meat thermometer, and I’d suggest adding at least 5 minutes to the cooking time for every extra 1/2 pound of meat.
- You can use chicken broth instead of apple juice in the recipe, but then apples will not be as sweet. Kids will like it better with apple juice.
- Use a firm apple for this recipe – I used Honey Crisp apples.
- I used Yukon Gold potatoes because I like them best for mashing.