Chef Govind’s PORK LOIN WITH HAZELNUT AND PEAR STUFFING

 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ to 2 Lb. Pork Tenderloin - Butterflied (if you feel uncomfortable cutting, see if your local butcher will butterfly it for you)
  • 3-4 broiled pears
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
  • 1 large garlic clove finely chopped or grated
  • 2 cups croutons
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped if desired
  • 2 cups chicken stock (may not use all)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 or 4 pieces of butchers twine (to tie Pork Loin)

 

Directions for Broiling Pears

  1. Peel, cut in half and remove seeds/core.
  2. Place pear halves face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  3. Place baking sheet under broiler for a couple minutes or until pears start to slightly brown or caramelize.
  4. Turn pears over to broil on other side (be careful not to burn them).
  5. Once pears are broiled, remove from oven and let cool.
  6. After cooled, cut pears into thin slices for stuffing pork loin.

 

Directions for Stuffing

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sauté celery, onion and grated garlic over medium heat for a 2-3 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. In large bowl combine croutons, celery, onion, garlic, toasted hazelnuts, beaten egg, add chicken stock in a slow stream.  Mix until stuffing is moist.  
  4. Add a pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper and chopped sage.
  5. Spread stuffing on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 Degrees for approximately 15 minutes. 
  6. When stuffing is done, remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

 

Directions for Assembling and Baking Pork Loin

  1. Butterfly pork loin and lightly pound it until it lays flat or as close to flat as possible.
  2. Place a flattened layer of room temperature stuffing on the pork loin then add a row of pears on top of stuffing.
  3. Once stuffing and pears are in place, roll pork loin into a tight roll then tie with butcher’s twine to secure.
  4. Place pork loin in a shallow baking dish and bake at 350 Degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes or until pork reaches proper internal temperature.
  5. Serve with your favorite healthy sauce and side of vegetables.

Video Clips