Cherry and thyme–stuffed loin of pork

4
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Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 41 min
Prep
6 min
Cook
1 hr
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Serve this elegant yet easy-to-prepare pork loin the next time you want to dazzle guests. Butterflied, stuffed and roasted to perfection, this company-worthy dish would pair well with wild rice pilaf and roasted vegetables like asparagus or Brussels sprouts. The 4-ingredient stuffing gives the pork tons of flavor as each component builds on each other. The cherry preserves holds the filling together while the dried fruit gives it a nice texture and a burst of tart flavor with each bite. The roast can be stuffed and refrigerated up to 6 hours ahead. Leave it out at room temperature about 20 minutes before baking.

Ingredients

dried cherries

cup(s), chopped

sugar-free cherry preserves

½ cup(s), or jam

dried plain breadcrumbs

3 Tbsp

fresh thyme

4 tsp, chopped

uncooked lean trimmed pork center loin

1½ pound(s), boneless

table salt

¾ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Set rack in roasting pan and spray rack and pan with nonstick spray.
  2. To make stuffing, combine cherries with enough boiling water to cover in small bowl. Let cherries soak until softened, about 10 minutes; drain well. Stir in 1/4 cup fruit spread, bread crumbs, and thyme until mixed well.
  3. With long thin knife, cut pork lengthwise in half, cutting about three-fourths through and opening pork up like a book. Place pork, cut-side down, between two sheets of wax paper. With meat mallet or rolling pin, gently pound pork to 1/2-inch thickness. Remove top sheet of wax paper and sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Turn pork over and spoon cherry mixture down along center. Roll pork up lengthwise to enclose filling and tie in 4 or 5 places with kitchen string.
  4. Place pork on prepared rack and roast 45 minutes. Brush with 1 tablespoon fruit spread. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of roast registers 145°F, about 15 minutes longer, brushing 3 times with remaining fruit spread. Transfer pork to cutting board and let stand 10 minutes. Cut off string and discard. Cut pork into 24 (1/4-inch) slices.
  5. Per serving: 3 slices pork

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