My First Home Cooked Meal, Made by Me.

Yeah, I’ve made SPAM and rice, hamburger helper, PB&J, mac and cheese, or raman noodles, but this is my very first “real meal.”

Here’s what the recipe called for:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

    I only had extra virgin olive oil, does it make that huge a difference? Oh well.

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped

    I never knew apples had crazy names like this. I only knew they came in red or green, lol.

  • 8 fresh sage leaves

    The recipe didn’t say what to do with them, so I had to call my brother about what to do. I just finely chopped them.

  • 2 cups thick-cut white bread cubes, crusts removed

    Elizabeth explained to me what this means. I just cut up sliced bread, but remove the crusts? WTF am I going to do with the crusts? Throw them away? I left mine in.

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 1 (3 pound) pork loin roast, butterflied

    I cut a huge ten pound strip of pork loin up into smaller pieces. Don’t do that for this recipe, the best thing to use is a smaller, longer strip of pork loin.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Making the stuffing
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, apples and sage. Saute until softened. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the bread, egg, butter and salt and pepper. Add the chicken broth gradually until everything is moistened. Let the stuffing mixture cool completely before putting it in the pork loin.

Stuffing the stuffing
Spoon the stuffing down the pork, horizontally, in a line. Roll the pork over the stuffing, jelly roll style, ending with the seam down and fat side up. Lightly score the fat, in a diamond pattern, with a sharp knife. Tightly tie the pork roast up with butcher’s twine, season it with more salt and pepper, and transfer to a roasting pan. Roast the pork in a preheated oven for about 90 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F.

All Done
Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish with apples and fresh herbs.

My Pork Loin Roast! Check out the Scoring on the Fat.

Time to EAT!

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