HELLO FALL!!!! Ah….this is the day I’ve been waiting for since June 21st. Bring on the sweaters, pumpkins, foliage, and of course, fall-inspired foods. I celebrated the first day of this glorious season with a nice hearty meal – apple and onion stuffed roasted pork tenderloin with roasted butternut squash and sweet potato on the side. The smell of this cooking alone was enough to make me want to throw on a sweater and light a fire in the fireplace!

This wasn’t a recipe I found anywhere, but my own “concoction” and I’m proud to say that it turned out really well and was SO easy! Kyle says that he isn’t a fan of sweet potatoes (“sweeties” as I sometimes call them), but once again, I was able to hide them in a dish…and he ended up going back for seconds. Roasting them with the butternut squash, you can’t at all tell the difference between the two. You might think that the squash and sweet potatoes together in the same dish might seem a little odd but by adding some herbes de Provence, salt, pepper, and a wee bit of garlic powder, the combo of the sweeties, squash, and savory seasonings proved to be a definite winning combo. I’m not sure where I got the idea for the tenderloin but since it was in the freezer, I decided to do something “fallish” with it.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 butternut squash, diced (1″ pieces)
  • 1 large sweet potato, washed, peeled and diced (1″ pieces)
  • herbes de Provence
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Place squash and sweet potato in an oven safe dish (8×8 or 7×11).
  3. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Sprinkle a couple pinches of herbes de Provence, pressing herbes to release oils as you sprinkle. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder.
  4. Cook for 45 minutes, flipping squash and potatoes occasionally to prevent sticking. You might need a little extra salt and pepper when serving, but taste first before you add more.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Serves: 4

Apple and Onion Stuffed Roasted Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 apple, cored and diced (1″ pieces)
  • 1 medium onion cut into chunks
  • 1 shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp herbes de Provence
  • salt and pepper
  1. While the squash and potatoes are cooking, pat tenderloin dry and season with herbes de Provence, salt and pepper.
  2. Cut a slit lengthwise on the top-side of the tenderloin, making a pocket, being careful not to cut through to the bottom. Stuff pocket with a little shallot, some onion, and some apple pieces. Put the remaining shallot, onion, and apple on the bottom of a roasting pan and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Secure tenderloin opening with a couple of toothpicks.
  3. Carefully place tenderloin on top of apples and onions. Cook for 30-32 minutes at 415 degrees F.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-32 minutes

Serves: 4

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