Loin of pork with sage & onion stuffing

Loin of pork with sage & onion stuffing


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For perfect crackling, remove the pork skin, rub it with salt and crisp it in a 230°C oven while you make the gravy. Cut or break the crackling into pieces and serve separately.

Lynn Cole

Serves: 6 

  • 30 g butter
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 2 small cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2½ cups soft white breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup sultanas or chopped pitted dessert prunes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1.5–1.8 kg loin of pork, boned, skin removed and reserved
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1¼ cups beef or vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon redcurrant jelly
  • Fresh sage and parsley sprigs, to garnish

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours30min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Melt the butter in a frying pan, add the onions and cook on low heat until soft and golden. Put the onions into a bowl and add the celery, sage, chopped apple, breadcrumbs and sultanas or prunes. Season well, then mix in just enough beaten egg to bind the mixture together.
  2. Make a deep horizontal cut the whole length of the thickest part of the loin, open out flat and season well with salt and pepper. Spread the stuffing evenly over the meat, then roll up and tie securely with fine kitchen string at 2–3 cm intervals along its entire length.
  3. Put the meat in a roasting pan, cover with the reserved skin and cook in the centre of the oven, allowing 30 minutes per 500 g of meat. Remove the pork skin for the last 30 minutes of cooking time and baste the pork frequently with the pan juices until the meat is cooked and browned and the juices run clear when it is pierced with a skewer. Transfer the meat from the roasting pan to a heated serving plate and keep hot.
  4. Skim off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the juices remaining in the roasting pan. Stir the flour into the juices and gradually stir in the stock and red wine. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, then reduce the heat, stir in the redcurrant jelly, season to taste and cook for 5 minutes. Strain the gravy through a sieve into a heated gravy boat. Remove the string from the pork, garnish with sage and parsley and serve with the gravy, mashed potatoes and buttered red or green cabbage.

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