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Rice-Stuffed Roast

 Rice-Stuffed Roast
Meet the Cook: We're ranchers who live 23 miles from any town. Anyone who's here at mealtime gets fed! When I'm having a special couple out, I like to fix something like this. Face it, men love to eat - and we gals don't do a bad job of it either! My husband and I have eight children and 17 grandchildren. -Shirley Creamer, Lamar, Colorado
10-12 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 2 hours + standing

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (6 ounces each) long grain and wild rice mix
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped water chestnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves

Directions

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, pour boiling
  • water over apricots; let stand for 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute the mushrooms, onions, red pepper and
  • garlic in butter until tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from the
  • heat; stir in the rice, apricots, water chestnuts, parsley, salt and
  • pepper.
  • Untie roast and spread 1-1/4 cups of rice mixture inside. Place the
  • remaining stuffing in a covered 2-qt. casserole; set aside.
  • Retie roast and place on a rack in a greased roasting pan. Bake,

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Rice-Stuffed Roast (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • uncovered, at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a meat
  • thermometer reads 160°. During the last 30 minutes, baste roast
  • with preserves and bake the extra rice stuffing. Let roast stand 10
  • minutes before slicing. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 307 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 78 mg cholesterol, 348 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.