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Simple enough for a weeknight, but elegant enough for company, Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin is a dish to impress! Tart cranberries, sweet brown sugar, and savory pork give this main dish so much flavor!
Guys, guys, guys. Let me tell you what. I have been waiting weeks to share this post and it is finally here!
Why you ask? Um, food. Obviously. But also, today I have a really unique opportunity to share with you something a little different- headache medicine.
Now I know, headache medicine and Go Eat and Repeat don’t seem to go hand in hand. But, I am very excited today to be sharing this Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin courtesy of Excedrin®!
Those of you who know me well know I get headaches. A lot. I get them from my mom, and my mom gets them from her dad. Headaches, and even migraines, just run in the family. And when I do have a headache, the one medicine I run to is Excedrin®. Excedrin® is the ONLY medicine I swear by. I am in love with it because it works wonders for me when other medicines fall short. This is perfect because it allows me to partake and really enjoy in more moments that I would have missed had I not taken any medicine at all. It really helps save my day because it turns my nagging and annoying headache into a thing of the past with quick relief from so many different types of headaches I might have. My normal go to is the Excedrin® Extra Strength because it gives me relief quickly, sometimes in as little as 15 minutes! That is definitely time well spent when date night is just an hour away. Excedrin® Tension Headache is also a great option for those “everyday” type of headaches and is aspirin free. I bought some more Excedrin® at Walmart just the other day!
These saved moments are important to me. There have been several nights where the fiance will come home and I will be so tired because of a headache I have. Thankfully, I know I have my secret weapon and can fight against it. This allows me to put together a great dinner like this and helps give us the perfect Friday night date night.
And date night is even better with this Cranberry Glazed Pork Loin. As you know, I like easy recipes, and this recipe is EASY. It takes about 50 minutes start to finish, but only 20 minutes of that is active time spent preparing food! This is great because while the pork is in the oven cooking I have time to clean up the kitchen so I can just truly enjoy date night, headache free.
This pork is genius too. The cranberries simmer down to make a wonderful thick sauce that is both tangy and sweet. It is paired perfectly with the savory pork giving every bite the perfect balance of flavors.
And did you see how gorgeous it is? That means it not only is perfect for date night, but also holiday dinner parties with friends or family. How can you not be impressed by this?
With a dish that is so simple to make, so beautiful, and so delicious, how could you say no?
- Cooking spray
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1½ lb pork loin, trimmed of excess fat and patted dry
- Ground black pepper
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ⅓ cup orange juice
- 12oz fresh cranberries, rinsed
- ¾ tsp salt
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in olive oil and allow to warm. Meanwhile, season pork loin on all sides with salt and pepper. Once the pan is hot, place pork in the pan and allow to sear on all sides until brown (this should take about 5-8 minutes). Remove the pork to a plate lined with paper towel and set aside.
- Reduce heat on skillet to medium-low and pour in chicken broth. With a whisk, scrape up all burnt on pork pieces from the bottom of the pan. Once scraped up, add orange juice, cranberries, salt, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to the pan and allow to simmer 5 to 10 minutes, crushing cranberries in the sauce as they pop and soften. Once the cranberries have softened and are all crushed, turn heat off of pan.
- Place the seared pork on the prepared baking dish. Top the pork loin with about ¼ of the prepared cranberry sauce. Place pork in the preheated oven and cook 20 to 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the loin reads 145F.
- Remove the cooked pork from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice pork and serve with remaining cranberry sauce on the side.
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Please use Excedrin® as directed