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Pork with Figs and Farro

Photo: Nina Choi
Hands-on time 35 mins
Total time 1 hr, 15 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: 4 ounces)
Farro is an ancient wheat grain. If you can't find it, substitute wheat berries.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup uncooked farro
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried figs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed

Nutrition Information

  • calories 202
  • fat 5.8 g
  • satfat 1.3 g
  • monofat 3 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 25.7 g
  • carbohydrate 12.2 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 96 mg
  • iron 3.3 mg
  • sodium 371 mg
  • calcium 31 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain; discard cinnamon stick.

  2. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  3. Combine farro, onion mixture, figs, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the next 4 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl.

  4. Preheat oven to 425°.

  5. Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves. Place pork between sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4 inch. Top pork with farro, and leave 1/2-inch border. Roll, starting with long side; secure pork with picks.

  6. Sprinkle the pork evenly with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet. Add pork; cook for 6 minutes, browning all sides. Place pan in oven; bake pork at 425° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145°. Remove pork from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Slice.

Cook's Notes

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