Pork Loin Roast with Hoppin’ John Stuffing

  • Yield 6 to 8 servings

Black-eyed peas served on New Year's Day are supposed to bring a year of good fortune. This recipe is a perfect choice for your New Year's Day gathering. Its use of black-eyed peas is a crowd-pleasing way to ensure that you and your guests have good luck in the days to come.

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups cooked long grain rice
1 can (15 ounce) black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup diced cooked country ham
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 (2 to 3 pound) boneless pork loin roast

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Saute the onion and bell pepper in the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender.
  3. Add the rice, black-eyed peas, ham, sugar, salt and Tabasco sauce and mix well. Stir in the egg. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. Make a lengthwise cut down the center of the pork loin, cutting to within 1/2 inch of the bottom. Make a horizontal cut from the bottom of the first cut to within 1/2 inch of the left side. Repeat the cut on the right side.
  5. Open the roast and place between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap. Pound the roast into a 1/2-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  6. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the stuffing evenly over the roast, leaving a 1/2-inch margin.
  7. Roll up to enclose the filling. Tie with string at 1-inch intervals.
  8. Place the roast seam side down in a lightly greased 7×11-inch baking dish.
  9. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until cooked through.
  10. Reheat the remaining stuffing and serve with the roast.

Recipe reprinted with permission from the Junior League of Lafayette, Inc., Something to Talk About, Occasions We Celebrate in South Louisiana (the Junior League of Lafayette, Inc., 2005)

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