Cook1 hr 30 mins
This rolled pork roast is very simple to prepare, but elegant enough for special dinners. We make this during the Thanksgiving holidays, usually on the weekend after we've had enough turkey. I found this recipe in a magazine called "Home for the Holidays" possibly around 1995, and I'd like to give that credit although I no longer have the magazine.
- You may brine the roast if desired to increase the tenderness of the roast - instructions are included at the end.
- You'll be slicing the roast so that you create a large rectangle. Start by slicing the roast lengthwise, cutting to - but not through - the opposite side. Spread roast in half, then slice down both halves, to but not through the opposite side, so you now have four long rectangular sections. Use a mallet to pound the roast so that you form one large flattened rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
- Prepare stuffing. Melt butter in a large glass bowl. Stir in stuffing mix, and then add about HALF the can of cherry pie filling (I try to get most of the cherries and not so much of the "gel"). Discard remaining cherry pie filling.
- Assembly: spread stuffing mixture evenly over pork. Beginning at a long side, roll up pork, jellyroll fashion, and tie securely with string at 2 inch intervals.
- Bake on a greased rack at 325 degrees for about 1 hours and 30 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 155 degrees at the thickest part (test a couple areas and don't get stuck in the stuffing, which doesn't get as hot as the pork).
- I often put quartered carrots, turnips and onions in the bottom of the roasting pan, which will be nice and tender when the roast is done.
- Remove from oven. Allow to sit 10 minutes before carving.
- Optional: brine pork for 1 day to increase tenderness and juicy-ness. To brine the pork, dissolve 1/2 cup salt in 1 gallon water; cool completely. Then immerse pork roast in the brine liquid and keep in your refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove from brine; rinse thoroughly before proceeding with recipe.