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Wild Rice-Stuffed Pork Loin

This recipe features wild rice and apricot stuffing tucked inside a tender pork roast. —Kim Rubner, Worthington, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-1/2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 whole boneless pork loin roast (4 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups wild rice, cooked and drained
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 10 bacon strips
  • Apricot preserves, optional

Directions

  • To butterfly pork roast, cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the pork loin to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open loin so it lies flat. On each half, make another lengthwise slit down the center to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Sprinkle with salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the rice, apricots, onion, celery, parsley, sage, thyme and broth. Spread stuffing evenly over pork, 1/4 to 1/2 in. thick. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tie the roast at 1-1/2 to 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Place the remaining stuffing in a greased shallow 2-qt. baking dish; set aside.
  • Bake roast, uncovered, at 350° 1 hour. Remove roast from oven; carefully remove string. Place bacon strips over top of roast, overlapping slightly. Bake until bacon is browned and crisp and a thermometer reads 160°, 30-45 minutes longer. If needed, broil 4 in. from heat until bacon reaches desired crispness. Meanwhile, cover and bake remaining stuffing until heated through, about 30 minutes.
  • Let roast stand for 10 minutes before slicing. If desired, brush with apricot preserves before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 436 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 41g protein.

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