Rosemary Scented Pork Loin Stuffed With Roasted Garlic, Dried Apricots and Cranberries and Port Wine Pan Sauce

by Nina | August 19, 2012 8:33 pm

 

I made this dish for a cooking competition and it got me to the 4th round!  If you opt to roast a smaller portion rather than a whole pork loin, select the more flavorful rib end. A 4-pound roast will serve 8. Also make sure to adjust your cooking time so the meat won’t over cook.

 

Ingredients (16 servings):

 

3 tablespoons olive oil

16 whole peeled garlic cloves

2 tablespoons minced garlic cloves

1 (8 pound) whole boneless pork loin, patted dry, at room temperature

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary (snip with scissors), divided

16 dried apricots (or similar amount of your favorite dried fruit)

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Heavy kitchen string or twine

1/4 cup apple jelly

1/4 cup port

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons apple jelly

2 teaspoons cornstarch

 

Directions

 

‎1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add whole garlic cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; reserve oil.

2. Turn pork loin fat-side down. Slit lengthwise, almost but not quite all the way through, to form a long pocket, leaving a 1/2-inch border of unslit meat at each end. Brush cavity with some of the reserved garlic cooking oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and 1 Tb. of the rosemary. Line cavity with sauteed garlic and apricots; sprinkle in cranberries. Tie loin together with kitchen twine or heavy-duty string at 1 1/2-inch intervals.

3. Brush with remaining oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set roast, fat-side up, diagonally or curved (so it fits) on a large, lipped cookie sheet or jellyroll pan. Warm 1/4 cup apple jelly along with the minced garlic and remaining rosemary. Brush mixture onto meat.

4. Roast until a meat thermometer stuck into the center registers 125 to 130 degrees. (Start checking at about 1 1/2 hours.) Remove from oven; raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Brush loin with pan drippings, return to oven, and continue to roast until the loin is golden brown and a meat thermometer stuck into the center registers 155 to 160 degrees, about 20 minutes longer. For even more attractive coloring, broil until spotty brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Let roast rest 15 to 20 minutes; transfer to a carving board. Stir juices around pan to loosen brown bits. Pour through a strainer into a small pan, and stir in port, chicken broth and remaining 2 Tbs. of jelly; bring to a simmer. Mix cornstarch with a couple of tablespoons of cold water; whisk into sauce. Simmer until lightly thickened. Slice pork and serve with a little sauce.

 

Adapted from: Allrecipes

 

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