Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Apples, Onions, and Pork

On a beautiful fall afternoon, C. (the boyfriend) and I thought it was very appropriate to go apple-picking.  I mean what could be better on a fall day than being outside, walking through orchards, picking apples, and having apple cider donuts!  We did our research and found one in Natick, called Belkin Family Lookout Farm.  Perfect I thought, what a great spot to spend the day.  Over $50 later... we felt like our apple picking experience was the biggest scam ever!!

While it was still a beautiful place, and we had a great day, it was $14 PER PERSON just to enter, and then $2.50 a pound for your fruit.  We got about 25-30 pieces of fruit, and paid $25 for just the fruit! I think what made me so upset was there wasn't even any apple cider donuts!! Those are like my once a year treat that I always look so forward too.

So with the apples we did pick, I made a delicious dinner.  Plus, as a fun evening activity we made an apple pie together! Yes, I actually shared the kitchen and we made it together.


1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1-2 apples, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
pork (fat trimmed)
sea salt
minced garlic
olive oil


1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

2) Make the glaze... add the syrup and balsamic to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Continue to stir for about 3-4 minutes.  Remove the pan from heat and set to the side.

3)  Drizzle a small amount of oil on the bottom of a baking dish.  Add in chopped apples and onion.

4)  Rub the pork with some sea salt and minced garlic (chef's choice on amount).

5)  Place the pork on top of the apples/onions and drizzle the glaze on top.  Be sure to flip the pork so the glaze gets on both sides.

6)  Bake until the meat thermometer reads about 150 degrees (about 10 minutes).

7)  Remove the dish and let sit for about 5 minutes.

What's your favorite apple picking place??? Have a better experience that we did???

~Eat Well and Be Happy~


  1. Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow is by far our favorite apple picking location! They also have delicious cider donuts. The added bonus is that they have pears you can pick too!

    I am definitely going to try this recipe - it looks great!

  2. Fly Creek Cider Mill in Fly Creek, NY is what you are use to.I can't wait to get my one donut of the year there.
    In terms of corn bread(one of you other posts) I would suggest honey Krusteaz corn bread mix. One of the best!

  3. Pork+apples+onions best dinner combo! Recipe looks great!

    Oh man you had to pay to get in plus the cost of the apples!? Up here (NH) any orchard just charges you the cost of the apples. Which is about $2-2.50/lb. I get irked at that price because our local orchard Carter Hill (Concord, NH) sells apples to Hannfords and they charge 69 cents/lb! I go to the same orchard do all the work and have to pay $2.50? I guess you pay for the atmosphere?

    PS How can they not sell cider donuts? Thats a must!

  4. Sounds like you should have come to YogaFest with me instead :) Sam and I have been there and had a similar experience... I want to wait to go to a different one when Macintosh apples are out with Paige. Dinner looks good but S. won't eat anything sweet and savory together for dinner!

  5. Becky, I have had this recipe twice this week and LOVE it! Thanks for posting!