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stuffed pork loin with apricots and cranberries

Apricot Stuffed Pork Loin

How to make the best cranberry and apricot stuffed pork tenderloin - This recipe is baked in the oven and easy to prepare. Simple roast dinner.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 50 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 16 people
Calories 236 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 14 garlic cloves divided, some will be used whole
  • 4 pound whole boneless pork loin patted dry, at room temperature
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary minced, divided, snip with scissors
  • 16 dried apricots or similar amount of your favorite dried fruit
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 tablespoons apple jelly divided
  • 1/2 cup port wine or white rum
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add 12 whole garlic cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; reserve oil.
  • Turn pork loin fat-side down. Slit lengthwise, almost but not quite the whole way through, to form a long pocket, leaving a ½ inch border of unslit meat at each end. Brush cavity with some of the reserved garlic cooking oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and 1 Tbsp of the rosemary. Line cavity with sautéed garlic and apricots; sprinkle with cranberries. Tie loin together with cooking twine at 1 ½ inch intervals.
  • Brush meat with remaining oil, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set roast, fat-side up, diagonally across a large sheet pan.
  • Warm ¼ cup apple jelly along with the pressed garlic and rosemary. Brush mixture onto meat.
  • Roast until a meat thermometer stuck into the center registers 125 to 130 degrees. (Start checking at about 1 ½ hours.)
  • Remove from oven; raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Brush loin with pan drippings, return to oven, and continue to roast until the loin is golden brown and a meat thermometer stuck into the center registers 155 to 160 degrees, about 20 minutes longer. For even more attractive coloring, broil until spotty brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Let roast rest 15 to 20 minutes; transfer to a carving board. Stir juices around pan to loosen brown bits. Mix chicken broth with cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour drippings through a strainer into a small pan, and stir in alcohol, chicken broth with cornstarch and remaining 2 Tbs. of jelly; whisk into sauce. Simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Slice pork. Serve each slice with sauce poured on top.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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