Brined and Stuffed Pork Loin Roast


An easy and tasty pork roast. Goes great with applesauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
14 hrs 5 mins
1 pork roast


  • 6 cups water

  • ½ cup salt

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork loin roast

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots

  • 5 ounces spinach, chopped

  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon crumbled goat cheese, or to taste

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Mix water, salt, and brown sugar in a saucepan, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar. Add bay leaves, rosemary, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer brine for 5 minutes. Let brine cool to room temperature.

  2. Place pork roast into a large nonreactive bowl, pour brine over pork, and cover; marinate in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.

  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir apple and shallots into hot oil until shallots are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature, and mix spinach, walnuts, egg, and goat cheese into apple mixture. Season stuffing with salt and black pepper.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  5. Remove pork from brine and discard used brine. Cut roast lengthwise down the center to within about 1 1/2 inches of the bottom and open the roast like a book. Spoon apple stuffing onto one side of meat and fold the other half over the stuffing. Tie the roast closed in 4 or 5 places with kitchen twine. Set roast on a rack placed into a roasting pan.

  6. Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the stuffing reads 145 to 150 degrees F (63 degrees C to 65 degrees C), about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

399 Calories
24g Fat
15g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 399
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 605mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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