Monday, April 4, 2011

Fig and Date Stuffed Pork Roast with Apples

Sorry for such a bad picture, the color is way off and doesn't do it justice!  I taste really good!

1/2 cup pecans
1 cup dates chopped
1/2 cup dried black mission figs
1 tsp Saigon cinnamon

2 baking apples, sliced
Chicken stock

Large Pork Sirloin Tip Roast (about 3 pounds)

Place pecans, dates, figs and cinnamon in a food processor with the blade and pulse until it is a smooth paste like texture, or until it all clings to itself and forms a ball.  Put that aside, rinse and pat dry your roast, place it on a cutting board and slice around it thinly if you want to roll it up (it's very hard for me to explain this technique so I would suggest just butterflying it for ease).  Or as I mentioned you may just butterfly it in half through the middle.  Either way taste delicious, the rolled effect just makes for a nicer presentation.  I did mine both ways.  Then take your fruit paste and flatten it, placing it on your roast (depending on the size of roast you may have a bit extra).  Then salt and pepper your roast before rolling it up. then place it in your roasting pan or glass baking dish.  Sprinkle with a bit of ground sage, smoked paprika, and more salt and pepper. Place the apple slices around it and pour broth to just barely cover the apples.  Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Decrease heat to 325 degrees, uncover and bake for about 45-1 hour depending on the size of your roast and the temperature of your oven.  You may test it with a meat thermometer if you would like to be sure it is done.  Remove from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes, slice and serve with the apples from the pan, and of course some vegetable side dish(es) of your choice.

Ready to go into the oven.
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