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

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

by Veronadif 5 months ago
4.7 (10)
365.9 kcal
15.3 g carbs
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Description

Pork loin roast - good-looking, lean, and attractively priced (under $25) - makes a memorable, no-fuss meal for holiday entertaining.

Ingredients
  • 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)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup apple jelly
  • ¼ cup port
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple jelly
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Directions
  1. 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. 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. 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. 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 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 20 minutes longer. For even more attractive coloring, broil until spotty brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. 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.
Nutrition Facts
serving: 16 servings
calories: 365.9 kcal
carbohydrates: 15.3 g
protein: 39.1 g
saturated fat: 5.1 g
cholesterol: 109 mg
sodium: 225.4 mg
fiber: 1 g
sugar: 11.8 g