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Apricot-Stuffed Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 3 ounces stuffed pork)
Make this among your first projects for the evening because the pork loin bakes for nearly two hours. You can also stuff it a day ahead, refrigerate, then pop it in the oven just before your guests arrive.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/3 cups finely chopped dried apricots (1 (6-ounce) package)
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 (3-pound) boned pork loin roast
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 256
  • caloriesfromfat 44 %
  • fat 12.6 g
  • satfat 4.3 g
  • monofat 5.7 g
  • polyfat 1.6 g
  • protein 24.6 g
  • carbohydrate 10.1 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 81 mg
  • iron 2.1 mg
  • sodium 297 mg
  • calcium 21 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

  3. Combine apricots and capers; set aside. Trim fat from pork. Cut a 1 1/2-inch-wide horizontal slit into the end of pork; cut through to the other end of pork to form a deep pocket using a long, thin knife. Spoon apricot mixture into pocket; pack using the handle of a wooden spoon. Rub surface of pork with cumin mixture. Place pork on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Insert meat thermometer into thickest portion of pork. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 55 minutes or until thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink).

Cook's Notes

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