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Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet

This Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet is full of the taste of autumn.

It has a delicious cornbread stuffing center, a nice crunch, some sweet/tartness from the cranberries, and the delicious flavor of yummy pork.

Cranberries are a staple of fall and Thanksgiving. There is even a National Cranberry Relish Day on November 22. This recipe would be delicious with some homemade cranberry relish.

Or, if you are serving this dish close to Halloween, my Crow’s Blood Champagne Cocktail is a great pairing, since it contains cranberries, too.

Rolled pork with stuffing on a white plate with beans and words reding Cranberry pecan stuffed pork.

This cranberry pecan stuffed pork filet is the perfect comfort food recipe for a cool fall evening.

It is quick and easy to do so it gives me loads of flavor quickly, which makes it perfect for a busy fall weeknight.

I love to serve it for back to school pot luck dinners, tailgate parties, and the normal round of family dinners that seem so plentiful this time of the year.This cranberry pecan stuffed pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for a busy weeknight OR a special occasion. thegardeningcook.com

I love September. This month is the beginning of my favorite time of the year.  I get excited just thinking about the cooler temperatures, the falling leaves, carved pumpkin faces and all of the holidays to come in the next few months.

My husband once dubbed me the Fall Fairy, since our home moves from one holiday to the next for the last few months of the year with new seasonal decor, and comforting fall and winter recipes.

My Gardening Cook readers also tell me that they love this time of the year too, so this recipe should be a hit with them.

This recipe only needs a few ingredients. But don’t let that fool you.  The taste of this cranberry pecan stuffed pork loin filet is magical!Ingredients for cranberry stuffed pork tenderloin

The star of my recipe is a marinated fresh pork loin filet in the portobello mushroom flavor that I recently found on a shopping trip. Tenderize the pork

To get started, cut your pork loin filet in half lengthwise, but don’t cut it all the way through.  You will want to be able to open it up into one piece when you are done.

Place the filet on a silicone baking mat and cover it with some plastic wrap. Now it is time to get rid of any built up stress by pounding it with a meat tenderizer.

Work from the center to the edges, lightly pounding the meat to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch or less throughout the meat.

You don’t want the meat to be too thick, or it will take a longer time to cook. Move your silicone baking mat with the pounded pork loin filet and set it aside while you make the stuffing.  Make the cranberry pecan stuffing

Combine the stuffing mix, water, and butter and heat it for a few minutes and then fold in the chopped pecans and dried cranberries. Spread the cranberry pecan stuffing on the flatted pork loin

Spread this mixture evenly, and not too thickly, over the flattened pork loin filet.  Be sure to leave about 1 1/2 – 2 inches on one side, so that when you roll it, the meat will stick to itself to make moving it easy.

Roll up the pork loin filet, starting from the longest side.  Be sure the seam side faces downward on the baking sheet.  Use butcher string to tie the rolled pork,

You can tie it with some cooking twine, if you would like, but this is not necessary.  However, it is easy to tie a rolled pork loin filet, and I find it easier to sear and move around if it is tied, so why not give it a try?

TIP: No matter what chefs tell you, fancy knots are unnecessary, especially if you are in a hurry. Just tie it at one end, loop the butcher’s string around the pork diagonally, and then rotate the meat and cross over the strings, and then tie it back where you started. Easy peasy!Sear the rolled pork to make baking time less

The last thing I did before putting the finished stuffed pork loin filet in the oven was to brown the outside with some olive oil in a nonstick pan.  This cuts down on the oven time and gives a delicious crusty browned coating to the outside of the pork loin filet.

Place the stuffed pork loin filet into an oven proof pan in a preheated 375º F oven and cook until the pork is no longer pink in the center, about 25 to 30 minutes.

A meat thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F.This cranberry pecan stuffed pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for a busy weeknight OR a special occasion. thegardeningcook.com

The flavor of this Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet just screams fall.  It is savory and rich with a crunchy texture from the chopped pecans

It is perfect for a busy night but, equally at home for a special dinner party. And who doesn’t like the color of cranberries in any dish?Stuffed Pork Loin with Cranberries and pecans on a patterned plate.

I really enjoy making stuffed meat recipes.

You get the benefit of the extra flavor profiles, and also keep the cost of the meal in check by using an inexpensive ingredient like stuffing to “plump out your meal” and add extra servings.This cranberry pecan stuffed pork tenderloin is a perfect choice for a busy weeknight OR a special occasion. thegardeningcook.com

I love the look of the slices.  I honestly believe that one has to feed the eyes before the stomach for best results, and this recipe does that in spades.

Cranberry pecan stuffed pork loin collage.

Serve the Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet with some cooked pasta and steamed veggies for a really quick meal. Enjoy!  

Yield: 6

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin Filet

This cranberry pecan stuffed pork filet is the perfect comfort food recipe for a cool fall evening.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds marinated portobello mushroom pork loin filet
  • 6 ounces boxed stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Cook the stuffing mix for a few minutes with the water and butter.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the dried cranberries and chopped pecans.
  4. Place pork loin filet on a silicone baking mat. Cover with plastic wrap and flatten evenly with a meat tenderizer to no more than 1/2 inch thick throughout.
  5. Spread the stuffing mix over the flattened pork loin filet, leaving 1/2-inch border on all sides.
  6. Tightly roll pork loin filet around the filling and place seam side down on the baking mat.
  7. Tie with kitchen string if desired..
  8. Heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; place rolled pork loin filet in the hot oil and sear for a few minutes until browned.
  9. Transfer seared pork loin filet to a casserole dish and bake for 25-30 minutes until the internal temperature reads 160º F (71 º C)

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1/6th of the roast

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 4gSugar: 13gProtein: 12g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Kelly Dermont

Tuesday 30th of October 2018

I am doing this for our pork selection on Thanksgiving ! BUT...

I am not using boxed stuffing mix, I plan on making my own portabella mushroom and sausage stuffing, with the cranberries and fresh sage or thyme , not sure yet: I hate cornmeal! I'll try to remember to let you know how it turns out. My MOM always told me to never to make a new recipe for the first time to bring to a function! I might include some chopped prunes, for moisture . I'll let you know! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Carol

Wednesday 31st of October 2018

I have brought new recipes to gatherings. Some work and some don't but I don't worry about it. Can't please everyone! Let me know how your version turns out! Carol

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