Butternut Squash – Filled Roasted Pork Loin

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butternut squash stuffed roastWhat do you get when you open up a pork loin, rub it down with garlic, olive oil and tuscan herbs, smother it with roasted mashed butternut squash and then tie it back up? I’ll tell you… The most delicious flavor combination with an absolutely beautiful presentation!

Tuscan herbs I saw this recipe in the cookbook Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, the minute I saw the photo I was smitten and couldn’t wait to make it. Swirls of butternut squash between layers of pork, what’s not to like!

This is the second time I’ve made this roast, the first time I followed the original recipe but this time I adapted it a little bit using those Tuscan herbs in that cute little crock above that were gifted to me by family who vacationed in Florence, Italy a few months ago. It’s a combination of sage, rosemary, crushed peppercorns and thyme.

cut and rolled out pork loin The most important thing about this recipe is that you have to cut open your pork loin properly and turn it into a 1/4 inch thick slab. The book explains how to do it but I needed a visual so I found a YouTube that showed me very quickly how to do it. After I opened it up I pounded it down to the thickness I wanted.

pork loin with Tuscan herbsThen all you have to do is rub your herby mixture all over the top which adds to the overall flavor as your end result.

pork loin spread with butternut squashsquash spread

Next, take your pre-roasted and mashed butternut squash and spread that on top of your herb mixture. Feel free to use your favorite mix of herbs, any combination would do. In the book Fabio just used garlic with minced sage which I tried the first time and that was very, very good!

rolled pork roast

Now carefully roll up the loin not pressing down too much as you don’t want that filling to squish out, then tie it up with some butchers twine!

cooked roast

I like roasting it on a rack so that it crisps up all over, make sure you follow the internal temperature posted so that the roast stays moist, you can be adventurous and possibly have a creamy cider sauce to serve along with it.

When it’s finished let it rest about fifteen minutes before cutting into it, I like to cut right through the middle first.

stuffed pork

It’s all about cutting the pork loin correctly, then I promise you’ll have no problem achieving that perfect spiral.

This dish tastes amazing and it’s a pretty spectacular presentation. It’s just perfect for the fall season,Thanksgiving or any holiday get together.

Here’s my adapted version.

Butternut Squash – Filled Roasted Pork Loin
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash, cut lengthwise, seeds scooped out and roasted until tender at 375 F.
  • 1 pork loin 2½ lb.
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced finely
  • 3 tablespoons or more of a Tuscan dry herb mixture of sage, rosemary, thyme and cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • heaping teaspoon of salt
  • butchers twine
Instructions
  1. After the squash is cooked tender and cooled, mash it up.
  2. In a small bowl mix the olive oil, herbs, garlic and salt together and let it sit for a bit.
  3. Open up your pork loin to ¼ inch thickness
  4. Rub oil and herb mixture all over the top.
  5. Spread mashed butternut squash on top and all over herb mixture.
  6. Start at one end and roll up and tie with butchers twine.
  7. Place pork loin in a roasting pan, brush with more oil and herb mixture then roast in the oven at 375 F. until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  8. Cut into thick slices and present the whole loin at the table for serving.
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Comments

  1. I love pork loin and I’m always looking for new twists or rolls as the case may be. Will be trying this soon. Thanks again for the insppiration.

  2. Well Marie, you manage to outshine yourself time after time. This is a beautiful meal to serve to company, or to show a little extra love to family. Butternut squash is one of my favorites and I’ve been cooking with it this week too.

  3. How did you know I had a pork tenderloin in the freezer! Can not wait to try this!

  4. Thanks so much for this recipe – Pork loin is always the first thing I consider when cooking for guests. This is beautiful and with that amazing combination of spices, I can tell it will taste just as good. I’d like to try it on the wood pellet grill.

  5. This has such a nice presentation, Marie! I love butternut squash.

  6. Now I know what to do with the pork loin in the freezer – this looks beautiful!

  7. Lovely! So will 2014 continue as The Year of Butternut Squash? If this post is any indication, I would say so. This looks wonderful. Bart and I love roast loi nof pork. Thanks, Marie for another fab dinner!

  8. Yum- This looks like an awesome dinner idea!

  9. Oh Marie, your recipes are so enticing and beautiful! I just made a stuffed pork chop and it is so simple compared to yours with the addition of butternut squash. Just lovely!
    Baci,
    Roz