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Pork Loin and Chestnuts with Wine Sautéed Apple Slices

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 firm red apple
  • 1 firm green apple
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • pounds pork loin
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes
  • 2 cups pre cooked and peeled chestnuts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white wine divided


  1. Preheat the oven at 350 F.
  2. On a cutting board peel the garlic and ginger. Slice the ginger thinly and mince the ginger. Peel, trim the root end off of the shallots, and cut them into wedges. Wash and thinly slice the apples, removing and discarding the core. Remove the stems from the rosemary.
  3. Season the pork loin with half of the rosemary, a third of the garlic and ginger, and a sprinkle of salt.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add in the rest of the garlic and ginger and sauté 2 minutes. Add the shallot and cook another 3-4 minutes or until the shallot has started to soften.
  5. Turn up the heat to high and place the pork loin into the hot pan and allow it to sear; cooking about 3-5 minutes before turning and cooking the other side until brown marks form. Transfer the pork loin to a baking dish.
  6. Reduce the heat for the sauté pan to medium. Add the butter and allow it to melt before adding the apple slices and cooking 1 minute, stirring to let the butter coat the apples. Season the apples with the cayenne, the rest of the rosemary and salt, and stir again. Cook another 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add the chestnuts to the pan and stir well to coat. Pour half of the wine into the pan, scraping any of the crispy bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, and allow it to simmer until the wine has reduced by about half.
  8. Transfer everything in the pan to the dish with the pork loin. Pour the rest of the wine into the dish and cover it with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil from the baking dish and allow it to cook another 10-15 minutes or until the pork is at between 145-160 F temperature.
  10. Remove the dish and allow the pork to rest 10 minutes before slicing it and serving.