Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Pork Loin with Apple Stuffing

This dish was made in honor of the arrival of one Ms. Verity Grace. Our neighbors (and good friends) had their very first wee one and she is just lovely. I decided to help by stocking the fridge and freezer with a bit of food.

3-5 lb pork loin


2 TBS oil
¼ c. onion
2 celery stalks
1 large tart apple (I used granny smith)
1 c. of raisins
½ tsp salt
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 cup of stock
6 pieces of whole wheat bread
1 egg

½ c. maple syrup
6 tbs Dijon mustard
2tbs soy sauce

Heat oven to 400.

For the sauce combine all ingredients, mix until well blended and set aside.

For the stuffing, heat the oil and add celery, apple and onion and sauté for 5 minutes until soft.
Add raisins, salt, poultry seasoning, garlic, pepper and stock and bring to a boil.
Break bread into pieces and add to mixture until all the stock is absorbed (you may need a piece or two more or less. Add a piece at a time until you all liquid is absorbed but it is not dry). The bread should be mushy.
Take the stuffing off the heat and let cool.
Filet open the pork tenderloin. Salt and pepper it.

Once the stuffing has cooled a bit, add the egg. Lay the stuffing in the middle and roll. Secure with butcher string (I found out after I started I did NOT have butcher string so I had to toothpick it with this.)

Put the loin in a roasting pan and cover with roughly 1/3 of the sauce. Put in the oven and bake covered for 15 minutes.

Reduce heat to 350 and add another 1/3 of the sauce to the meat, recover and bake another 20 minutes.
Add the final 1/3 uncover the meat and bake another 15-20 until done.
Let meat set 10-15 minutes before cutting into.


Chef E said...

What a lovely gift, and they will love eating that!

I always take food for gifts, it really helps people out when it comes to having a baby until their schedule gets on track...you are a good neighbor!

Anonymous said...

great gift! We do meals for all who have new babies in our community here also. Looks yummy!

Dee said...

Looks delicious. What a nice way to honor someone. Very nice neighbor. The recipe looks scrumptious.

Fearless Kitchen said...

How helpful of you! They'll really appreciate it. It looks delicious! When I freeze food for people in similar situations, it's usually soups or stews - I'm glad to know pork loin freezes so well.

Mommy Gourmet said...

I was lucky when I had both the children that folk brought me food. With my first it was a really lucky thing because otherwise, I might have starved to death! I like to pass on the love :)