Thanksgiving Makeover: Apple Stuff Pork Loin

Thanksgiving Makeover: Apple Stuffed Pork

Thanksgiving brings tradition along with it. So, why not break the mold by ditching the turkey as the centerpiece of your family’s dinner table. Celebrity Chef Jacoby Ponder gives us his take on Apple Stuff Pork.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped

1 clove of fresh garlic
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme

2 cups thick-cut white bread cubes, crusts removed (Pre made stuffing)
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed
1 (3 pound) pork loin roast, butterflied

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, apples, garlic and thyme. Sauté until softened.

Remove from the heat and gently stir in stuffing mixture, egg, butter and salt and pepper. Add the chicken broth gradually until everything is moistened. Let the stuffing mixture cool completely before putting it in the pork loin. Spoon the stuffing down the pork, horizontally, in a line.

Roll the pork over the stuffing, ending with the seam down and fat side up. Lightly score the fat, in a diamond pattern, with a sharp knife. Tightly tie the pork roast up with butcher's twine, season it with more salt and pepper, and transfer to a roasting pan.

Roast the pork in a preheated oven for about 90 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.

Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish with apples and fresh herbs.


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