Pork Loin with Olivada, Spinach, and Rice Stuffing

A dazzling entrée, this roast can be completely assembled and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead. To cook, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes, then proceed with baking instructions. Overnight brining tenderizes the pork and keeps it juicy. Jasmine rice is a soft, slightly sticky aromatic grain that holds together when the pork is sliced.

Yield:

12 servings (serving size: 1 (6-ounce) slice stuffed pork)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 232
Caloriesfromfat 33 %
Fat 8.5 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 3.9 g
Polyfat 0.7 g
Protein 25.2 g
Carbohydrate 12.2 g
Fiber 0.8 g
Cholesterol 68 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 780 mg
Calcium 44 mg

Ingredients

Brine:
8 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup kosher salt
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (3 1/2-pound) center-cut boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
Stuffing:
3/4 cup uncooked jasmine rice
1 (6-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Remaining ingredient:
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

To brine pork, combine first 6 ingredients in a large nonaluminum bowl or pan, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve; add pork. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Remove pork from brine; discard brine.

Preheat oven to 325°.

Starting off-center, slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open uneven portions, laying pork flat. Turning knife blade parallel to surface of cutting board, slice larger portion of pork in half horizontally, cutting to, but not through, other side; open flat. Place plastic wrap over pork; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Refrigerate until ready to use.

To prepare stuffing, cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add spinach and 1/2 teaspoon salt to hot rice, stirring until the spinach wilts. Stir in olives, red pepper, 1 teaspoon rind, and juice.

Spread rice mixture over pork, leaving a 1/2-inch border around outside edges. Roll up pork, jelly-roll fashion, starting with a long side. Secure both ends with twine; secure middle at 2-inch intervals with twine. Rub black pepper over pork. Place pork on a broiler pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°. Let pork stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Note:

December 2003