Overall so far my holiday season is very merry and bright! In a few short weeks I will be headed back to the Hyde Park campus to finish my last semester at the Culinary Institute of America. I am looking forward to my graduation in April and to what my future has in store.
Check out the recipe for the rolled pork loin below! Happy Holidays!
Cranberry and Apple Rolled Pork Loin
Sweet Apple and Tomato Sauce
2 Pound Pork Loin
1/2 c Dried Cranberries, chopped
1/2 c Butter, room temperature
1/4 c Fresh Basil, finely chopped
1 ea. Macintosh Apple, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tbsp. Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Place pork loin vertically on cutting board. Butterfly the pork loin by holding the knife blade flat, so that it’s parallel to the board. Then make a lengthwise cut into the center of the tenderloin, stopping short of the opposite edge so that the flaps remain attached. Open the loin and take a meat mallet covered in plastic wrap and pound pork to an inch and a half thickness.
3) In a small bowl combine butter, 1 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper and mix together until smooth and creamy. Then smother the inside of the pork loin with seasoned butter. Take the chopped basil and sprinkle on the pork.
7) After 20 minutes in the oven pour the apple tomato sauce over the loin and return back to the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.
8) Remove pork from oven, cover with tin foil, and let rest for 5-8 minutes. Cut and remove twine from pork then slice pork to desired thickness and serve with apple grilling sauce .
2 ea. Macintosh Apples, peeled and diced
1 ea. Yellow Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, minced
3 tbsp. Granulated Sugar
1 8oz. can Tomato Sauce
1/4 c Apple Cider Vinegar
3 tbsp. Molasses
1/8 tsp. Nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper
1) In a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Add onions and sweat until translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Then add garlic and cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
2) Add in diced apples and season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Constantly stir and cook until apples are soft and tender, about 20 minutes.
3) When apples are soft add in the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, molasses, and dried spices. Allow sauce to come to a simmer. Turn off heat and blend using an immersion blender or a regular blender until sauce is smooth and all apples, onions, and garlic are pureed.
4) Using a fine mesh strainer, strain sauce to remove any impurities, making the sauce velvety smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed.
5) Sauce can be used right away or cooled and stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.