This savory pork dish has always been one of Mrs. Kostyra's favorites to prepare and -- since her childhood in Nutley, New Jersey -- one of Martha's favorites to eat. Surprisingly easy to make, the recipe features a rich reduction sauce flavored with marjoram, onions, and prunes.



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  • Make incisions in the pork every 2 to 3 inches, and insert garlic slices. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, sugar, and marjoram, and coat the pork evenly with the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sprinkle flour over the pork to lightly coat. Shake to remove any excess flour. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork, and brown on all sides. Transfer pork to a large roasting pan. Grate onions over the pork. Add 1 1/2 cups water to roasting pan, and roast, covered, for 1 hour, basting occasionally.

  • In a medium bowl, soak prunes in enough cold water to cover, for 15 minutes. Drain, and add to roasting pan. If necessary, add a little water to roasting pan to prevent pork loin from sticking. Cover, reduce heat to 325 degrees, and roast until temperature of pork loin reaches 140 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Remove pork loin from roasting pan, and let rest for 10 minutes. Place roasting pan on stove, heat over medium-high heat, and cook pan juices until reduced and thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

  • Slice pork, arrange on a serving platter, and serve with sauce.

Reviews (4)

7 Ratings
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Rating: 5 stars
I made this following the directions as it. It was fantastic, the flavors of the prunes, onions, and rub were awesome together and perfect for pork. I will be making this again. It reheats well in the microwave in a covered dish.
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Love this recipe - it gives the pork a wonderful flavor. I never have time to let it rest an hour and I make it without the prunes. STILL good! One day, I'll have to make it as directed and I'll bet it will taste even better :)
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I have always thought a pork loin was difficult to make, but I am defintely going to give this a try! Thank You Mrs. Kostyra!
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I've made this recipe several times, and it is absolutely delicious. It's comfort food to me. My grandmother made recipes like Martha's mother did. Thanks so much! The red cabbage is a must with this wonderful pork recipe.