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Stuffed Roulade of Pork Loin with Cabernet Reduction

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It’s fall…and time to cook for Cabernet!

Nothing says fall better than warm and earthy roast pork loin. This delicious dish is actually easy to prepare, especially if you have the butcher butterfly the pork loin for you. (The instructions are included here as well.) Enjoy this delicious fall dish with Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 3/4 cup red wine, preferably Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-1/2 cups French bread cubes (day old is preferred)
  • 3 slices thick cut bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 boneless whole pork loin roast (about 3 pounds)

Cabernet Reduction:

  • Reserved wine from cherries
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme or rosemary
  • 3 Tablespoons butter

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring cherries and red wine to a simmer. Remove from the heat; set aside (do not drain).
In a large skillet, sauté the onion, celery, parsley, apples, and sage in butter until tender. Remove from the heat. Strain the cherries, reserving the wine for sauce. Stir in the bread cubes, broth, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, cinnamon, pistachios and drained cherries. Let stand until liquid is absorbed. Season with salt to taste.

Pre-heat oven to 400°. Lay the roast fat side up on a clean cutting board. Trim the fat cap and discard.

TO BUTTERFLY THE ROAST:

Slice into the roast crosswise, parallel to the counter, about 1 inch from the bottom, slicing to within ¾ inch of opposite side.

Open roast so it lies flat; repeat slice crosswise, parallel to counter, about 1 inch in thickness; open this flap.

Cover with plastic wrap; flatten to 3/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic; spread stuffing over meat to within 1 in. of edges.

Close roast; tie several times with kitchen string or use silicone bands. Place fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with remaining pepper and salt.

Bake roast, uncovered, at 400° for 10 minute; reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

FOR THE CABERNET REDUCTION:

Meanwhile, place roasting pan on over medium heat; add reserved wine to roasting pan and stir to loosen browned bits. Pour into a small saucepan. Add chicken stock; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat; cook until reduced by half. Whisk in butter and remove from heat. To serve, slice roast, place two slices on plate and drizzle with reduction, or serve sauce separately.

Yield: 8-10 servings.

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