Cherry, Almond, and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin

Cherry, Almond, and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin
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Cherry, Almond, and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin

Joy Wilson

Cherry, Almond, and Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Loin

One of the things I love the most about the holidays is the big turkey dinner. But since I'm trying to start my own holiday traditions this year, I wanted to make something different. So I've put together a really beautiful pork loin stuffed with wild rice, sausage, dried cherries, and roasted almonds, all combined for a sweet, earthy, crunchy filling. I think it's gorgeous; I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 2  Tablespoons  olive oil
  • small yellow onion, diced
  • 6  Ounces  Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  Cup  chopped parsley
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped thyme
  • 1  Tablespoon  chopped rosemary
  • 1/3  Cup  coarsely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/2  Cup  coarsely chopped roasted almonds
  • 1  Cup  cooked wild rice
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • One 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin, filleted

Directions

Warm the olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Add the sausage and garlic and cook until the sausage is browned and cooked through. Remove from the heat and add the parsley, thyme, rosemary, dried cherries, and almonds. Stir in the wild rice and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the filleted pork loin out on a clean work surface. Top with the prepared stuffing from edge to edge. Starting from the short side, roll the pork loin and stuffing into a spiral.

Tie the roll together with heavy-duty kitchen string in the center and at both ends of the roast to prevent it from unrolling in the oven. Place the roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and season generously with salt and pepper.

Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer into the center of the roast and cook for 1 hour. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue to cook for 45-60 more minutes. Remove the roast from the oven once the meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees. Let rest in the pan, loosely covered with foil, for 20-30 minutes. Remove from the pan and cut the string away from the roast. Slice and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
15g
12%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
4µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
60mg
6%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
15µg
4%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
57mg
18%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
108mg
15%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
155mg
10%
Water
58g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cherry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cherry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.