I had this beautiful pork loin in the freezer that I had gotten on special, and needed to use it. I pulled it out of the freezer the night before I was going to cook it, and I planned to figure out what to do with it the next day.
This recipe was inspired by what I had on hand, and I have to tell you it was delicious. Next time I may throw in a few sun~dried tomatoes and maybe pine nuts. Also, this technique with veggies and a pesto I believe would be wonderful as well.
Since it was a weeknight meal, I did not make any sauce to go over it, but it would be great to do that for a company dinner. What sauce, I do not know, but if you come up with one, let me know!
Pork Loin ~ stuffed with feta, spinach and olive tapenade
1 boneless center cut pork loin roast (around 3 lbs)
1 cup olive tapenade (I used store-bought)
handful baby spinach, washed, dried, and chopped in slivers
1/2 cup (or to taste) feta cheese
Something to hold the roast shut ~ skewers, twine, toothpicks
Preheat oven to 450 degrees with rack in the middle position. take pork loin and slice from one side to almost the other, opening like a book. Mix olive tapenade, feta, and spinach slivers (some garlic here if you like) in a bowl. Spread mixture on the pork, and close. You can use twine to tie it shut, all I had on hand were some bamboo skewers, so I 'sewed' the pork shut with those. ( Tip: If you think of it, soak the skewers in water first. I did not, and they were scorched on the tips, but it did not affect the roast at all.)
I brushed the top of the roast with Greek salad dressing (not creamy!), but you can just put salt and pepper, or olive oil, or any seasonings you like.
Place in oven for 10 minutes. Without opening the door, lower the temperature to 250 degrees. Roast another hour; then check to see if it's done. A meat thermometer should read 150 to 155 degrees. Check every 10 to 15 minutes until you get that reading.
Take out of oven, tent with foil, and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut and serve.