Pork Loin with Spinach-Bacon Stuffing

Ingredients

  • 2 pound pork loin roast
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 10-oz package frozen spinach, chopped, thawed, well drained
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked well done, drained and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Butterfly pork loin by cutting roast horizontally to within 1/4-inch of the other side. Do not cut all the way through. Open out and pound to 8x8-inch rectangle.

  2. Meanwhile, cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender; remove from heat. Press well-drained spinach between several sheets of paper towels to remove moisture. Add to onion mixture along with crumbled bacon, Parmesan cheese, mustard, basil and pepper. Mix well. Spread spinach mixture on pork rectangle. Roll up into a spiral. Tie with kitchen string to secure.

  3. Place pork in shallow pan and roast in a 350 degree F. oven for 40-45 minutes (about 20 minutes per pound, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145°F with a three minute rest time. Remove roast from oven; let rest until temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 10 minutes. Slice to serve, removing string.

Calories: 270 calories
Protein: 33 grams
Fat: 13 grams
Sodium: 272 milligrams
Cholesterol: 83 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 3 grams
Fiber: 1 grams

Recipe Source

National Pork Board, TheOtherWhiteMeat.com