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Bon AppetitAugust 1995
Roasted Pork Loin with Tropical Fruits
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4 cups dry Sherry
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped pitted prunes
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
12 whole black peppercorns
6 whole cloves
A 3 1/2-pound boneless pork loin, trimmed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped, peeled pitted mango
1/3 cup chopped peeled papaya
1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Combine 2 cups Sherry, cinnamon stick, lemon juice and peel in
medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer 2 minutes. Add prunes and apricots. Simmer
until fruits are tender and mixture thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
Combine 2 cups Sherry, peppercorns and cloves in small saucepan
over medium heat. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cool marinade to
Using a sharp knife, make lengthwise cut down center of pork,
cutting ¾ of the way through. Open as for book. Sprinkle cut side with some of the onion.
Close pork. Place in a 13-by-9-by-2-inch glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining onion.
Pour marinade over. Cover pork and fruit separately; chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Drain any liquid from fruit mixture;
reserve liquid, discarding cinnamon stick. Stir mango, papaya and sugar into fruit
mixture. Discard pork marinade; pat pork dry. Open pork as for book. Season inside with
salt and pepper. Spoon 2/3 cup fruit mixture down center of pork; reserve remaining fruit
mixture. Fold pork over, enclosing filling. Tie the pork in several places with kitchen
string to keep filling in place. Season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in heavy large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork
and cook until brown, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a large roasting pan. Roast
until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 160ºF., about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Place pork on platter; reserve pan juices. Tent pork with foil and let stand 20 minutes.
Mix reserved liquid from fruit , remaining fruit and reserved pan juices in heavy small
saucepan. Bring to simmer. Slice pork; serve with fruit sauce.
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