Raspberry Rubbed Pork with Apples and Berries

When I eat meat, I like to do it right.  I go organic, free-range, and lean (okay… not always lean). On Memorial Day I picked up 12 ounces of pork sirloin from Whole Foods to grill for dinner.  I’ve seen a few recipes for meat + fruit recently (adding blueberries to burgers?  I’m game!) and I wanted to try it out. I also recently bought a cast-iron grill pan from Williams Sonoma that I’ve been dying to use.

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So I also got raspberries and blueberries, and this is what happened…

(I bet you could do this with firm tofu too if you want a vegetarian version!)

Raspberry Rubbed Pork with Apples and Berries

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Ingredients (serves 2-3)

  • 12 ounces of pork sirloin, sliced thinly (I sliced each piece in half – there were 2 originally – so that they would cook faster and not get dry, which pork likes to do)
  • meat rub (I used an organic one from Costco – you could also just use whatever random spices you have)
  • 7-8 raspberries
  • 1 apple, sliced (I bet a peach or nectarine would be good too)
  • handful of blueberries (optional)
  • grill pan OR a grill OR just a regular saute pan

Directions

  1. Rub the pork with the meat rub.  Smash the raspberries and rub the pork with them.
  2. Heat your grill to medium-high heat.  Spray with olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.  Grill the apple slices on each side for 2-3 minutes.  I threw in a few blueberries too; they got soft and sweet.  Remove the fruit.
  3. Place the pork on the grill pan and cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes.  (I covered it for the first half and uncovered it for the second side.)  As soon as it’s cooked through, remove it from the heat.
  4. Eat with the grilled fruit – I like eating a piece of pork and a piece of apple at the same time.

I served it with a salad, garlic bread, and followed it with healthy apple pie.  The flavor of the pork was great – the raspberries made it slightly sweet, but the rub toned it down.  It was tender and juicy.  Apples + pork is one of my favorite food combinations, and the raspberry was fun too.

What’s your favorite savory & sweet combination?

(Back later with a Whole Life Challenge update and a sweet award…)

12 Replies to “Raspberry Rubbed Pork with Apples and Berries”

  1. OOH! I was thinking about buying the BF a grill pan, but I wasn’t sure if it did anything really different from a regular pan (besides giving grill marks). How did you like it?

    I wish I could pick a sweet/savory combo I liked best, but I really like them all. Chocolate-covered pretzels and fruit/meat combos (like turkey & cranberry) are definitely at the top for me!

  2. Those grill pans are so cool! I think the grill marks are so cute on the food. Does it taste different than if you just use a regular pan?

  3. That sounds so good, I should get that grill. I never cook, maybe I’d be more inclined to with that — it makes it so easy!

    Also, until today I thought you were a vegetarian. I guess because you’re the salad girl and you love yoga. Haha!

  4. mmmm…. this looks delicious! Pork with fruit is really a western flavor combination. I don’t know any chinese recipe that do that, but it tastes great! 🙂

  5. Looks wonderful! Did you find that the food actually tastes grilled? I’ve been considering getting one of those pans and want to know how good they are.

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