Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast

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Tender pork roast recipe, stuffed in a pinwheel fashion with apple cranberry chutney filling.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Have you ever made a stuffed pork roast? It’s easy! And a great way to get flavorful filling inside of a lean pork loin roast.

All it takes is some careful cutting with a long sharp knife to butterfly the roast. Then you spread filling on top, roll it up like a jelly roll, tie it, and roast it.

This apple cranberry stuffed pork roast recipe is based on a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated (Sept 07). We absolutely love it!

The filling is essentially a sweet sour chutney, made with brown sugar, vinegar, dried apples and cranberries. Though pretty much any chutney would work in this recipe.

Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast

The roast is “double butterflied”, filling applied, meat rolled up and roasted. The acidity of the chutney-ish filling tenderizes the pork roast from the inside.

The original recipe calls for grilling the roast with soaked wood chips but we prefer to make this roast in the oven. The recipe also uses dried apples, which can be a little hard to find. I think next time we may try making this with peeled, diced, fresh apples.

Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large shallot, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups dried apples (packed)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pork Roast

  • 2 1/2 pound boneless center-cut pork loin roast (short and wide - about 7-8 inches long and 4-5 inches wide)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

1 Chill the roast to make it easier to cut: Before starting on the pork, put the pork roast in the freezer for 30 minutes to make it easier to cut. While the pork is chilling, you can make the filling.

2 Make the filling and glaze: Bring all the filling ingredients to simmer in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until apples are very soft, about 20 minutes.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve, reserving the liquid. Use a rubber spatula to press against the apple mixture in the sieve to extract as much liquid out as possible.

Return liquid to saucepan and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside and reserve this liquid for use as a glaze.

Pulse apple mixture in food processor, about fifteen 1-second pulses. Set aside.

3 Preheat oven to 350°F or prepare your grill for indirect heat.

4 Butterfly the roast: You will be "double-butterflying" the pork roast. Lay the roast down, fat side up. Insert the knife into the roast 1/2-inch horizontally from the bottom of the roast, along the long side of the roast.

Make a long cut along the bottom of the roast, stopping 1/2 inch before the edge of the roast. You might find it easier to handle by starting at a corner of the roast.

Open up the roast and continue to cut through the thicker half of the roast, again keeping 1/2 inch from the bottom. Repeat until the roast is an even 1/2-inch thickness all over when laid out.

If necessary, pound the roast to an even thickness with a meat pounder.

5 Spread filling on roast and roll up tightly: Season the inside of the roast well with salt and pepper. Spread out the filling on the roast, leaving a 1/2-inch border from the edges.

Starting with the short side of the roast, roll it up very tightly. Secure with kitchen twine at 1-inch intervals. Season the outside of the roast generously with salt and pepper.

6 Roast in oven: Place roast on a rack in a roasting pan, place in oven, on the middle rack.

Cook for 45 to 60 minutes, until the internal temperature of the roast is 130 to 135 degrees F.

Brush with half of the glaze and cook for 5 minutes longer. Remove the roast from the oven or grill. Place it on a cutting board. Tent it with foil to rest and keep warm for 15 minutes before slicing.

7 Slice: Slice into 1/2-inch wide pieces, removing the cooking twine as you cut the roast. Serve with remaining glaze.

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Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Roast

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  • Margaret

    Can you use real apples instead of dried apples?

  • Drew

    Can you make this and put it in the frig over night?

  • Jaclyn

    Made this for Christmas. It was yummy! Not sure why my stuffing kept falling out and is it normal that we had so much juice in the pan after roasting? Would make again!

  • Sharon

    This was wonderful . My son said there were so many flavors
    Exploding on his taste buds. Also, he has worked in many resturants and said it would fit on any high priced resturant menu. (Only they won’t get seconds)

  • Rachelle

    Dried apples are abundant at Trader Joes. If you’re in the Bay Area, they can also be found at Whole Foods, Berkeley Bowl, and probably others (but, of course, we’re spoiled here!)
    The recipe looks awesome. I agree about Cook’s Illustrated… they tend to over-fine-tune the recipes. Nevertheless, its a great magazine. I made their Basic Chili and Cornbread recipes last weekend. Both were fantastic! The cornbread was the best I’ve ever had, although I did tweak it a bit. One of these days when I get my blog up and running, I’ll post my version of the cornbread recipe.

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