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I don’t know where to begin with this. When I thought of this meal in my head it was just a throw something together and pray it tastes good sort of meal. What I ended up creating was something I’d pay for in a restaurant here if someone besides me would make it. Alas we still only have the few restaurants and this is not on it. The pork loin is stuffed with spinach, onion and bacon cheddar cheese. Yes that’s right bacon cheddar. YUM.  The brussel sprouts dive into a mixture of white wine, onions, garlic , butter and of course bacon, little of the fat and then roasted to perfection.  There are a lot of components to this meal but I promise I’ll walk you through it.

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This serves four.  Oven temp 425F for roasting.

You will need.

  • 1 pork loin  approx. 2 -3 pounds, butterflied
  • 1 pound of fresh brussel sprouts, slotted spoon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 Tsp garlic salt , I use wild garlic falksalt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 small block of bacon cheddar cheese ( you can use cheddar cheese and real bacon crumbles if in a pinch)
  • 1/2 pound of sliced premium bacon
  • 1 pat of real butter, greassfed
  • 4 Tbs Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (2 for each pan)
  • Himalayan pink Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups fresh spinach *optional
  • Toothpicks

First thing to do is place 6 slices of bacon laid on a baking sheet.  Place in cold oven and bake at 425 degrees F. for about 12- 15 minutes until crisp. See here for this oven method.

baconpork3 Next butterfly your pork loin, salt and pepper each side generously

baconpork4 Sear in a hot pan with 2 Tbs of oil. Each side for approx. 3 minutes.

Clean and cut brussel sprouts in half and bring to a boil on stove for about 5 minutes remove and set aside. You can leave them in the water while waiting.

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On a large plate place about 4-6 more slices of raw bacon onto the plate so that when the pork is nice and seared you can lay this on the bacon. Turn off stove but leave skillet and all of it’s juices from the pork on the stove, do NOT discard.

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baconpork14Take your onion and slice a few long pieces and set aside about a 1/4 of the onion, the rest you can dice these will be for the brussles. Take garlic cloves and mince, setting aside.

baconpork2About this time your bacon will be ready to remove from the oven… set aside but DO NOT drain.bacon1

Take your open loin and add in the center to one side spinach, than onion , cheese and a sprinkling of the garlic salt.

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baconpork8Topping with a final layer of spinach almost wrapping the side of the cheese. Just a little added assurance it doesn’t leak out.

baconpork8_1Close and wrap your loin with the bacon, adding in toothpicks where needed. When adding the toothpicks try and add them all on the same side so they are all easily spotted when pork is done and they are removed. Uncle Billy would not appreciate a toothpick through the gum.

baconpork10Place in a baking dish, cast iron skillet or a silicone baking sheet and place in the oven at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes. Your internal temperature should be  between 145° F. (medium rare) and 160° F. (medium), followed by a 3 minute rest.

While your pork is roasting heat the two remaining Tbs of oil and pat of butter in a skillet over medium heat adding in onions and then garlic on top so that they don’t burn. Saute and stir adding a pinch of salt and black pepper until the onions are  softened approx, 5 to 10 minutes.

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Add in white wine and saute an additional 3-5 minutes to burn the alcohol off but leave that lovely flavor.

baconpork7Now take your lovely wine mixture and add this in to the pan you seared the pork in.

baconpork7_1Next take the bacon renderings and place about 1/4 cup into the pan. You can eyeball this. It’s bacon grease! Do we really need to measure here? Next add in the toasty strips of bacon, rip apart in desired pieces or cut and toss them in.

baconpork9It will get this gorgeous bacony fluffy goodness that I just can not name at the moment.. don’t worry that is normal. We call call it bacon heaven clouds.

Back to the brussels you set aside, take your slotted spoon and spoon brussels into the bacon cloud.

baconpork11This will magically make the foam subside, mix with wooden spoon and coat.

baconpork12They look done already! Place into oven with roast at the same temp of 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. They will turn golden brown and caramelized with the wine , garlic and onions and of course the bacon.

Out of the oven…sorry for the picture the steam got to the lens or the camera was drooling too.

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and of course the caramelized brussles…

baconpork17The only problem slicing this was deciding which piece was mine.

baconpork18baconpork21I placed on a bed of fresh spinach, because i like to work it in more veggies whenever I can and it just looks so darn pretty.

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Enjoy!!

 

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