I love a good roast dinner – its probably the tradition I miss most! At home, my family all try and get together on a Sunday evening to enjoy a roast before the chaos of the week. We have done so for years and there is something so comforting about both the food and the tradition. Pork has always been a favorite, that is for sure.
Whenever I have a chance, I try and bring that tradition to our Boston kitchen. A roast dinner for 2 is less exciting than the whole family but therein lies a challenge for me. Pork tenderloin (or pork steak as its known in Ireland) is the perfect size for two. Versatile and delicous, I have stuffed it, sliced it and everything in between. When I want a comforting and quick roast dinner for two, this is one of the recipes I turn to. Served with some dauphinoise potato or some baby roasties with lots of vegetables, its perfect comfort food for a Sunday night. Try it for yourself.
Stuffed Pork Roulade:
- 1 Pork loin, weighing approx 1lb or 500g
- 1 apple, peeled and sliced
- 80g/2oz cream cheese
- Handful of sage leaves, chopped
- Slices of parma ham or bacon to wrap the roulade.
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese with chopped sage and lots of salt and pepper.
- Trim the pork of any excess fat. Cut down the length meat to open it out flat, much like cutting into a roll. Do not cut through to the other side as you want to be able to seal it all together.
- Season the flat surface of the meat well with salt and pepper.
- Spread the sage cream cheese across the surface of the meat. Lay the apple slices on top so you have a nice even layer.
- Roll the pork up, making sure the apples stay tightly inside!
- Lay out slices of parma ham or bacon side by side onto some foil. Sit the pork onto one end of the bacon and roll until it is tightly encased.
- At this point, it can be wrapped in the foil and refrigerated until needed.
- To cook, heat oven to 180C. Bake wrapped in foil for 15 mins.
- Open foil and return to the oven for 15-20 mins until browned. Allow to rest for 5-10 mins
- Serve with crispy roasties and lashings of gravy!