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Pork Loin with Dried-Fruit and Chestnut Stuffing


The dried-fruit and chestnut stuffing lends flavor as well as visual appeal to the pork loin. Once rolled, add another layer of flavor to the pork with coriander seeds and peppercorns.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, December 2008


  • 1 boneless center-cut pork loin (4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup jarred dry-packed cooked chestnuts, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, cracked
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut up


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pork on a work surface. Hold a sharp knife parallel to work surface, and cut the pork almost in half, stopping 1 inch short of cutting through; open like a book.

  2. On work surface, arrange six 14-inch lengths of kitchen twine, 1 inch apart. Place pork, opened up, across twine. Sprinkle with chestnuts and dried fruit, leaving a 1-inch border all around; season stuffing with salt.

  3. Fold one long side over the other, overlapping slightly to form a cylinder; tie with twine. Rub with oil; sprinkle with cracked pepper and coriander, pressing to adhere. Season with salt. (To store, refrigerate, up to 1 day.)

  4. Place pork in a roasting pan; roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in meat (not stuffing) registers 145 degrees, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board (reserve pan); cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest (temperature will continue to rise).

  5. Place pan across two burners. Add wine; simmer, stirring constantly, until syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Add Dijon and broth; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in butter. Slice pork, and serve with wine sauce.

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