Here is a crowd pleaser for the holidays. I made it last night for my 2nd Annual Tree Trimming Party. It is deliciously tender and delightful for the tastebuds. The most difficult part of this recipe is butterflying the pork loin. Trust me, you can do it!
Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Pork Loin
4 slices bacon
8 oz cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (I used the smaller slicing blade on a food processor for this to make them really thin)
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp breadcrumbs
1/2 c. chopped parsley
pork loin (desired size depending upon the company you need to feed)
zest of one lemon
1. Heat two tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until it is crispy. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper to taste. Cook until the mushrooms are soft and tender. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in the breads crumbs and parsley. I like to use panko breadcrumbs. Grate in the lemon zest.
2. Butterfly the pork. Make an incision on the top of the loin about one third to the left of the top of the pork. Cut to about one inch from the bottom. Take a look at the picture below.
Then just cut from the incision across the bottom of the pork. Now you will have a flat piece of pork.
3. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Layer spinach down on the pork leaving about a one inch border on the two longer sides. Then place mushroom mixture in the center of the pork. Fold the pork over and season the top with salt and pepper. Use butcher string to secure the pork in place while roasting. You can find a tutorial here
Season the top of the pork with salt and pepper. Move the pork to a baking dish. Place in the oven at 450 for twenty minutes. Then, baste the pork with 1/2 cup of wine. Reduce the heat to 350 until the pork reaches 140 to 160 degrees. Baste the pork with more wine every half hour. Pull out of the oven, cover with foil, and let it rest for twenty minutes. Then the pork is ready for carving. You can pour the pan drippings over the pork before serving. Enjoy!