Garlic-Herb Roasted Pork Loin with Pear-Applesauce

Monday, March 17th 2008, 10:42 am
By: News On 6

Lean pork is infused with fresh rosemary, thyme, and garlic in this wonderful entrée.

3 pound lean pork loin, use 1 whole 3 lb boneless roast
3 large garlic clove(s), cut into thin slivers
2 Tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
2 Tbsp thyme, fresh, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 medium pear(s), ripe, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup chives, fresh, chopped

Preheat oven to 400ºF. With a small knife, poke about 24 slits into pork; insert garlic slivers into slits.
In small bowl, combine rosemary, thyme, oil, salt and pepper; rub mixture all over pork, pushing some of mixture into slits.
Line a large roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil (for easy clean-up). Place pork on a rack in prepared pan; roast, uncovered, until a meat thermometer inserted in center of pork registers 160ºF, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine applesauce, pears, and chives.
Transfer pork to a cutting board and let stand for 15 minutes. Slice pork and arrange on serving platter; spoon any pan drippings over pork, if desired. Serve applesauce in a small bowl on the side. Yields about 3 ounces of pork and 1/4 cup of applesauce per serving.

Notes: Add your own flavor-spin to the pear-applesauce with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or allspice.

Nutritional Information: Recipe makes 12 servings consisting of 3 oz port and ¼ cup applesauce; POINTS® Value is 5.