Saturday, February 4, 2012

Roast Pork Loin stuffed with Sage and Walnut Pesto wrapped in Bacon

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I recently bought a fresh bunch of sage.  It sat in my fridge for a few days and started to make me nervous.  How was I going to use all that sage up?  I thought about many different recipes, but then I came up with one recipe to really pack a powerful sage punch... Sage Pesto. I thought a mild and lean pork loin would make a perfect canvas to allow the sage pesto to shine so I went to work on making the stuffed pork.   Once I stuffed the pork loin I needed something to make sure it stayed put. I didn't have any kitchen twine so I decided I would use some pork twine... also known as bacon.  The bacon was like magic because it basted the pork loin and all I had to do was stick it in the oven and let it roast.  Add your favorite vegetable or sides (I roasted some cauliflower and served it over spinach). Dinner was so elegant that I wished I had company to show it off to. :)

Ingredients:
Pork loin (most packages give you two)
Sage Pesto (see pesto recipe below)
6-8 strips of bacon

Pesto Ingredients:
1/2 cup of sage leaves
1/4 cup of toasted walnuts
seasoning salt and red pepper flakes to taste
2 Tbs of olive oil

Directions:  Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and grind until it forms a thick paste.


Directions:
Step 1:  Butterfly your pork loins.  Cut them in half but not all the way through so it looks like a book.  Then take your sage pesto and apply it on the inside of each loin.





 Take bacon strips and wrap around each pork loin.  Put into a baking dish and salt and pepper the loins.  Careful with the salt because the bacon will add salt too.   Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-55 minutes.  Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving.  Enjoy.






 

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23 comments:

  1. Hahaha re:bacon twine...love it. This is such a great recipe!!! I have a ton of leftover sage from homemade breakfast sausage and this just looks perfect. I'm impressed with your ability to think on your feet, this def looks like a crowd pleaser. P.S. your pics look great!! And I can't find your e-mail btw :( ~Sarah

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  2. Pork twine. I love it. Sage just happens to be my most favorite fresh herb. I love the soft velvet of the leaves, the smell and the flavor. I'll bet your pesto is fantastic stuffed in chicken too. It looks delicious.

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  3. They look delicious..Bookmarked

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  4. Sage gives such a pungent and wonderful flavor.

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  5. Girl - you're killing me! Sage pesto and bacon? What an awesome combination! Love it stuffed in the pork. Fantastic recipe!

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  6. Awesome flavours!! Looks fantastic :)

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  7. But I thought you didnt eat red meat!! in fact ur blog is just up my alley coz i have the same tastes - only sea food and chicken, and i hate leafy things like coriander and cilantro too :D really loved looking thru all ur traditional srilankan recipes...

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    1. Hi Swati Sapna :) I get to eat pork because they technically say it's white meat in the USA. :) So chicken, pork and seafood are my go to meat dishes. :)

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  8. Pork loin is always a special dinner dish in our house. Yours looks so festive! Amazing! Have a wonderful weekend, Ramona! hugs!

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  9. OMG, MUST HAVE PORK... N.O.W. this is toooo yummy!

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  10. Sage pesto is such a great idea! Especially to go alongside this beautiful piece of meat! It looks so moist and delicious and that bacon---heck yes! Amazing job Ramona :)

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  11. Wow, this is some serious dinner right here! This looks incredible, Ramona!

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  12. Sage pesto sounds great! I have to say that pork loin isn't my favorite cut of meat, but my husband loves them. When we were back in the US, he would STOCK the freezer with them, so enevitably I would have to cook them. I used to like to stuff them like this too. I really like your pesto though, I bet it was really great for the pork loin!

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  13. My goodness Ramona this is incredible. You really did a great job. Wish I was coming over for dinner.

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  14. You went all out for this one! Wish I could buzz you twice and I think you've coined a new phrase, "pork twine"!

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  15. Wonderful loin. That stuffing looks so delicious!

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  16. Gosh, this looks amazing, Ramona! Congrats on another fabulous dish and another well deserved Top 9!!!!

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  17. Sometimes you get a feeling about a post when you see awesome pictures like this. You get a feeling that you'll see it in the Top 9. I was right, yippeeee!!!

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  18. Yummmy! Love what you did over here..what a great meal, what a great chunk of meat lol! Congrats on the top 9 sweetie!

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  19. What a delicious pork lion. I like the sage and walnut pesto. Congratulations on the Foodbuzz Top 9:)

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  20. Oh my! What a dish! I love stuffed pork loin, and pesto is always a favorite - the bacon of course makes this even more delectable :) Well deserved Top 9! Woohoo!

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  21. Ramona! This is gorgeous! What a feast for my eyes! Congrats on the Top 9.

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