Fruit-Stuffed Pork Roast

Treat your family to a hearty dinner with this pork roast that’s stuffed with dried fruits.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

3-pound pork boneless center-cut loin roast (not tied)
1
cup mixed dried fruits (apples, apricots, figs)
2
tablespoons finely chopped onion
1
teaspoon kosher salt
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
cup apple cider
2
cups purchased pork gravy
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°. Place pork, fat side up, on cutting board. Cut horizontally through center of pork almost to opposite side. Open pork like a book. Layer dried fruits and onion in opening. Bring halves of pork together; tie at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Turn pork so fat is on bottom. Mix salt, thyme, cinnamon and pepper in small bowl; rub into pork.
  • 2 Heat oil in roaster over medium-high heat. Cook pork in oil until brown on all sides. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider. Cook pork, turning frequently, until cider caramelizes and surface of pork turns dark brown. Repeat browning with additional 2 tablespoons cider. Add remaining cider. Insert meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of pork.
  • 3 Cover and bake 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours or until pork is no longer pink in center and thermometer reads 155°. Remove pork from pan, cover with aluminum foil and let stand about 15 minutes until temperature rises to 160°. Serve pork with Apple Cider Gravy.

Expert Tips

The mild flavor of pork pairs well with a fruity filling.

Serve-With Round out your holiday meal with Lemon Caesar Salad (page 69) and Garlic-Herb Mashed Potatoes (page 65), which are delicious served with the Apple Cider Gravy.

This roast can be stuffed and rubbed with herbs several hours ahead. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Butchers often tie 2 pieces of center-cut pork loin together to make a thicker roast. Be sure to ask for a single muscle so the roast can be "butterflied," as directed in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
(
Calories from Fat
155),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
17g
17%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Cholesterol
110mg
110%;
Sodium
620mg
620%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
40g
40%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
12%;
Exchanges:
1 Fruit; 6 Lean Meat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.