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
Total TimePrep: 30 min. + standing Bake: 2 hours + standing
- 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
- 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, uncovered, at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a 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.