Holiday Stuffed Pork Loin
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a flat surface using a sharp knife cut the pork loin lengthwise down the middle leaving one side attached so that you can open it up like a book. Sprinkle cut sides with some of the dried thyme-rosemary mixture, salt & black pepper. Cover and set aside.
- Chop various dried fruits to make one cup and toss in a mixing bowl with the seasoned bread cubes stuffing. Stir in chopped parsley and the water and melted butter mixture. Set aside to let the bread soak up the liquid and become softened.
- Meanwhile brown Swaggerty's Farm Sausage & shallots in a skillet, breaking up into crumbles with a wooden spoon. Add sausage crumbles to bread-dried fruit in the mixing bowl. Using your hands mix all ingredients together breaking up bread as you mix.
- Uncover the prepped pork loin and pile stuffing mixture along one side of loin. Fold other half over the stuffing and press down. Cut three lengths of kitchen twine and tie stuffed pork loin to hold it together while roasting. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining dried thyme-rosemary.
- Place stuffed and tied pork loin on a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper and cook for about 35 to 40 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the loin reads 155 to 160 degrees. When meat reaches this temperature remove from oven, cover loosely with a sheet of foil and let rest for about 15 minutes before slicing.
The USDA recommends that pork be cooked to no less than 145 degrees, but since this pork loin is stuffed you want to make sure it is cooked and hot throughout, so we cooked it until my meat thermometer read 160 degrees.
The dried herbs on top creates a wonderful crust that is very flavorful. We chose to use two of my favorite herbs, thyme and rosemary, but you could also use Italian seasoning & paprika or oregano & garlic powder, any of your favorite herb combos.
Bonus Recipe: Gluten-free Seasoned Bread Cubes
The seasoned bread cubes we used for this recipe are totally gluten-free. We made them very easily using a few slices of gluten-free sandwich bread cut into small cubes tossed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with dried Italian seasoning. We then spread the bread cubes out on a baking sheet and baked in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes until the bread was slightly toasty but not browned. We made extra and put them in a freezer bag to use later in other recipes. (We use Udi's brand gluten-free breads available in many supermarkets. If you can't find that brand there will most likely be other brands available.) No one who tried this great pork loin had any idea it was a gluten-free recipe from start to finish!
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