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Saturday, November 6, 2010

High on the Harvest Hog

I love fall! I love the colors, and the warmth and the rich yummy recipes. I've included one today that I wrote last fall. I hope you enjoy it! I've included a few side items, a dessert, and even some wine and beer suggestions. Let me know how you like it.
5 lb boneless Pork Loin
1 tbsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. salt
½ tbsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. cayenne
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 pieces of kitchen twine to secure the loin

Stuffing Ingredients
6 dried black mission figs
1 very ripe pear
2 tsp. grainy Dijon county mustard
1 tsp. dark rum
1 tbsp. molasses
½ cup good dry red wine
1 box pork stuffing
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tbsp. melted salted butter

Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees. Wash and pat dry the pork loin. Slice the loin almost in half length wise to open it up. Trim the excess fat and pound meat to about 1 inch thick. Rub the meat with oil all over and set aside. In a small bowl mix together the dry seasoning and whisk with a fork. Apply this dry rub all over the meat and refrigerate for 15 minuets.

In a small bowl rough chop the figs and the pear, adding in the mustard, rum, molasses and wine. Salt and Pepper may be added to taste at this point. Let this seat for 10 minuets. Bring 1 cup of low sodium chicken broth to a boil adding in the butter. Once this reaches a rolling boil add in the dry stuffing mix and the fig mixture. Fluff with a fork. The mixture may seem a little wet, but it will firm up in the oven.

Remove the pork loin from the refrigerator and fill with the stuffing mixture. Lightly jelly roll the loin and secure with kitchen twine. Roast at 500 degrees for 20 min and then reduce heat to 350 degrees until the juices run clear and the meat thermometer reads 180 degrees. (About any additional 45 minutes.)

Recommended Accompaniments
Honey Glazed Carrots
Roasted Potatoes with Herbs de Provence Seasonings
County Grain bread

Recommended Dessert
Apple Crumble

Recommended Wine
Leinenkugel German Style Marzen beer
Mirasou Pinot Noir
*This is a very hearty flavor packed meat. You will want to have fairly simple side dishes.*

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