Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fig and Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Pork Loin

Yes I fully understand when I admit to this you may classify me as crazy, but...when I first saw a recipe similar to this I had dreams about it.  :-)  Unfortunately it took a while before it had a place on our dinner table because the recipe I originally saw was pretty much pork loin stuffed with figs and butter.  Sounds amazing on the taste buds, not so much on the rest of the body.  After much consideration I decided to keep the figs and the pork, and scratch the rest of the recipe.  Below is the combination that I came up with for the stuffing, substituting creme fraiche for butter (half the fat and calories!!), and adding some other delicious ingredients that play well with the figs and pork.


7 sun dried tomatoes
7 figs, I used dried because I couldn't find fresh, would definitely recommend fresh if available
10-12 sage leaves
1/3 cup Creme Fraiche
1 1/2 oz prosciutto, roughly chopped
1 shallot, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 oz goat cheese, optional
Pinch of paprika, salt, and pepper
1 large pork loin (3 - 4lb)
1/2 Tbs Paprika
Salt & Pepper to taste


This is really a simple recipe and feeds a crowd, which makes it a great option for entertaining, or makes a ton of leftovers for a busy week.

Generously rub paprika, salt, and pepper all over the pork loin and let sit while you prepare stuffing.

Pre-heat oven to 350-degrees.

Add all the stuffing ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick paste is formed.

Make a cut down the middle of the pork loin, getting as close as you can to either end, but not cutting all the way through.

Fill with the stuffing, and use kitchen twine tie up the pork loin.  Place the pork loin in a roasting pan coated with a bit of oil or cooking spray.

Cook pork loin for 70-80 minutes or until temperature reads 145-degrees.  The time will vary depending on the size of your pork loin.

Remove from oven, cover with foil, let rest for 5-10 minutes.

Slice and serve!!!  Be sure to spread the stuffing over the pork loin slice before eating.

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