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Spinach 'n' Sausage Pork Loin Recipe

Spinach 'n' Sausage Pork Loin Recipe

Two of our grown children often have dinner with us. They get a charge when they find out it was their dad that cooked the meal; this is one of my best. —Ed Leland, Van Wert, OH
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon onion soup mix
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, divided
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; stir in spinach and 1/2 teaspoon thyme. Add sausage; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  • 2. Cut lengthwise through center of pork roast to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open roast flat; cover with plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet to flatten slightly. Remove plastic; spread sausage mixture over roast. Starting at a long side, roll up jelly-roll style; tie at 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Secure ends with toothpicks.
  • 3. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan, seam side down. Brush with oil; sprinkle with remaining thyme. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°. Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.