Simple food. Sometimes the most comforting dishes are simple. Nothing fancy, and in our house, this is a one plate meal-in-itself. Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Pork Loin Dinner is reminiscent of one of my favorite meals at the Iowa State Fair, that you may recognize: “Pork Tips with Mushrooms”. Instead of the ‘tips’, I use tenderized pork loin slices, quickly pan fried, topped with caramelized onions and garlic-thyme mushrooms. If you want to go crazy and serve it “Fair Style”, throw down some mashed potatoes and some green beans too, no one will complain.
If it is a weeknight and your kid has chosen your lap to sleep on pre-dinner… nix the potatoes. It’ll be great anyway.
This dinner can be on the table in less than a half an hour.
So you can spend more time doing things you enjoy… like putting on hairspray.
(Photo credit: Claire M.)
sometimes I really don’t want to spend all night making dinner.)
I hope you enjoy your weekend and wherever you are, if you are enjoying warm weather… please send some to Iowa. I’m ready to ditch the coveralls for shorts and a sweatshirt while I’m outside.
Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Pork Loin Dinner
- 4 - 4 oz boneless pork loin slices tenderized
- seasoned salt and pepper
- 2 TBSP olive or vegetable oil
- 1 large yellow onion/sweet onion cut in half sliced into half rings (1/2")
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 cup water divided
- 1 - 16 oz. container white or cremini button mushrooms cleaned
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme *optional but it is really good
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
- 3 TBSP butter
- Season boneless loin slices with seasoned salt and pepper.
- Over medium high heat, add oil and fry pork for 2 1/2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet to plate. Repeat until all 4 slices are cooked. (145 internal temperature to 160 degree internal temperature)
- To that pan add onion and 1/4 cup water. Stir around to scrape up browned bits. Stir onions until tender (5 minutes), then reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook onions until golden brown and soft. (8-12 more minutes) *Add additional water as-needed to keep onions from sticking and burning.
- In a separate skillet on a separate burner add mushrooms and 1/4 cup water. Cook over medium to medium high heat, continuously stirring for 8 minutes until golden and reduced a bit. Reduce heat and add garlic, thyme and red wine vinegar. Cook 3-4 more minutes until garlic is translucent and tender.
- Combine onions and mushrooms, add butter and cook together for a couple of minutes. Remove from heat.
- Serve one pork slice with onions and mushrooms on top. Makes 4 servings.
- Suggested sides:Mashed Potatoes