The clear, sharp sweetness of apples makes the fruit an excellent companion to rich meats like pork.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook bacon in a large (9-quart) heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until browned and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.

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  • Add chopped onions, fennel, and chopped apple to fat in pot; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until just golden brown, about 8 minutes. Add thyme, rosemary, and chopped sage; cook 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl; let cool completely. Keep pot on stove with heat off.

  • Add corn bread, stock, and reserved bacon to bowl. Season stuffing with salt and pepper, and gently stir (do not break up corn bread too much).

  • Generously season cut side of pork with salt and pepper, and then spread with apple-corn bread stuffing, leaving a 1/2-inch border on all sides. Starting from one short side, roll up pork, encasing the stuffing.Tie rolled pork at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine. Generously season rolled pork with salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in pot over high heat until hot but not smoking. Brown pork all over, about 10 minutes total. Transfer pork to a large plate. Pour off fat from pot; blot any left in pot with paper towels.

  • Bring cider to a boil in pot, and deglaze pot by scraping up brown bits with a wooden spoon. Return pork to pot; put cipollini onions, peeled apples, and sage leaves around sides. Transfer to oven; cook, uncovered, 30 minutes.

  • Turn pork over; add unpeeled apples. Cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted at least 2 inches into pork registers 140 degrees. about 15 minutes more.

  • Let pork stand in pot at room temperature 15 minutes; transfer to a carving board. Discard twine. Cut pork into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with apples, onions, and sauce from pot.

Reviews (5)

95 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 22
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2014
This is by far one of my top 3 dishes I have ever made in my life. Seriously, SO. GOOD. It cannot be overstated how delicious this dish is! I have made it 3 times and each time it came out beautifully. The stuffing can stand alone just as well, too. It takes a LOT of prep time so be prepared to put some work into it, but it is so worth it. The apples and bacon and fennel are such a great combination with the meat and cornbread. This is a great dish for a holiday meal or dinner party!
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
Wonderful. The room temperature fennel and bacon is interesting, can warm it and make it more "normal". Swine has truthfully never tasted so good!!!!
Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2012
Wonderful. The room temperature fennel and bacon is interesting, can warm it and make it more "normal". Swine has truthfully never tasted so good!!!!
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2011
This recipe is incredible. The chopping takes some time but it's totally worth it. I made this for a dinner party a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit. You can never go wrong with bacon though.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2011
Hola, estoy haciendo este lomo para este día y la cocina huele maravillosa.