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We have teamed up with Thermapen to create this delicious recipe for Herb Encrusted Pork Loin stuffed with Pecorino and Garlic. This dish is perfect for a family Sunday roast, but it could also make a special dish for any dinner party. The pecorino and garlic give the meat a unique twist and superb flavour, and our method will guarantee the perfect crackling to accompany your meal.
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Herb Encrusted Pork Loin Stuffed with Pecorino and Garlic
- Pork Loin Joint
- Pecorino cheese
- Garlic (3-4 cloves)
- Approximately 3 tsp each dried rosemary, dried fennel and dried sage
Optional: You may wish to brine your pork loin first. We used 1/10 salt water for 1 hour and then rinsed
Take off the crackling layer and remove any excess fat from the bottom layer. Next, score the top, lattice style, and rub fine salt into it.
Make an incision in the pork loin, from one side almost all the way through, lengthways, with a slight downward slope to it. It should be 2 inches or so wide.
Slide in slivers of pecorino and thinly sliced garlic.
Secure with a skewer or a few cocktail sticks.
Make a herby mix of crushed fennel seed, dried rosemary and dried sage. Roughly equal parts, about 3 tsps of each.
Pat the pork dry and coat it on all sides with about half the herbs, and season with salt and pepper
Quickly seal all sides of the pork in the pan, just a couple of minutes each side.
When the pork is sealed, coat the top with the remaining herbs and lay the crackling layer back on top before it goes in the oven. Next, transfer to the roasting tin for 30 mins per 500g plus 30 mins, turning the heat down to 180 after the first 20 mins.
Finally, to ensure that the meat is a safe temperature, without overcooking, insert the Thermapen into the centre. You can use the Thermapen Temperature Guide to find the perfect temperature for your meat. However, as this was is a family meal, we ensured the meat was well-done and had reached at least 71 degrees. This is the suggested temperature for pork.
Once you are happy the meat is cooked, you may carve and serve.
We hope you enjoy our recipe for Herb Encrusted Pork Loin Stuffed with Garlic and Pecorino. If you enjoyed this recipe, you may also like our British Gem Potatoes with Walnut, Parsley and Gruyère Pesto Dressing
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