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Greek Stuffed Prosciutto & Fig Jam Pork Loin Roll and Port Wine Reduction Sauce

Greek Stuffed Prosciutto & Fig Jam Pork Loin Roll and Port Wine Reduction Sauce
  • YIELD: 8 servings

I have a love of fig jam, and I'm always thinking of ways to enjoy this wonderful treat (I've even canned my own fig jam). I created this dish for dinner guests, and it turned out to be flavorful and a total success. You can sear and prep the stuffed pork loin roll one day ahead, and roast the following day (which I did). This dish might sound fancy, but I'll show you step-by-step how to make this on my food blog at: http://foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com/2009/12/greek-stuffed-prosciutto-fig-jam-pork.html

Ingredients

3-4 pound pork loin roast, butterflied (your butcher can do this for you)
kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper
3-4 slices prosciutto
1 jar fig jam (easily found at most grocery stores)
Greek feta cheese (about 1 cup crumbled or sliced)
frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (or fresh spinach, washed and dried)
2 garlic cloves, sliced thin
For the pan sauce:
½ cup Ruby Red Port Wine (or any red wine)
½ cup chicken stock
1 pat unsalted butter

Directions

Lay the butterflied pork loin roast flat and season with kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper. Spread an even layer of fig jam (I used about 3/4 of a jar) evenly over the pork loin roast, leaving about a 1" edge (to allow for rolling). Sprinkle the thinly sliced garlic on top NOTE: Reduce the garlic to one clove, if you don't want it to dominate the overall flavor-- 2 cloves is a lot! Add the prosciutto slices on top. Sprinkle or lay Feta Cheese on top. NOTE: I used sliced Feta cheese If you are using frozen, thawed spinach (which I did), be sure that it is squeezed very dry. You can use a tea towel or I use a potato ricer to do this job. Fresh spinach will make an even prettier presentation, if you have it. Carefully roll the pork loin and tie with kitchen string. In an ovenproof large and deep skillet, heat enough olive oil to lightly coat the skillet. Sear the roast for about 3-4 minutes per side until crispy and golden. NOTE: Once I did this, I allowed the meat and pan to cool and then set it, covered, in the refrigerator. The next evening, I brought this to room temperature for about an hour, and then proceeded to roasting. Preheat the oven to 425F. Set the entire skillet into the oven and roast for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165. Remove the roast from the pan, loosely cover with foil and allow to rest for about 15 minutes. For the pan sauce: On Medium-High, bring the drippings in the skillet to be very hot. Carefully add the Ruby Red Port Wine into the pan, scraping off the browned bits on the bottom. Add the chicken stock and allow the sauce to reduce to almost half (about 10 minutes or so). Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the unsalted butter. Taste and add more salt & pepper, if desired. To plate: Remove the kitchen twine and slice roughly 1" thick slice. Drizzle the pan sauce around the pork and a little on top. Perfect side dish would be a nice Orzo, with a little olive oil or roasted asparagus.

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