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This pork loin covered with a prune sauce is a recipe that looks very elegant but is actually very easy to prepare. I don’t make it very often, although we all love it at home. The thing is that pork is such a versatile meat, that you really can’t go wrong with pork, it is extremely flavorful and almost every recipe you cook with this meat will be exquisite.
There are many recipes in Mexico that use prunes in dishes with pork; especially in the Southern states, people like to cook roasted pork shoulders/Boston butt or ham with prunes and almonds, covered with different sweet or spicy sauces.
This recipe is perfect for celebrating a special occasion, inviting friends or neighbors over for dinner, or just treating your family with something out of the ordinary. The tasty flavor of the pork meat combined with the sweet juices from the prunes will leave everyone asking for more!
- 2 lbs. pork loin (in one piece)
- Salt and pepper to season
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup white onion, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1-½ cup pitted prunes
- 1-¼ cup orange juice
- 1-¼ cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- If you don’t have fresh thyme, use ½ teaspoon dried thyme.
1. Preheat oven at 350F. Season the pork meat with salt and pepper. Preheat oil in a large skillet and sear the meat all around. This step will take about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and place in an already greased ovenproof dish. Set aside.
2. In the same skillet, sauté the onion and garlic at medium heat for a minute, then add the prunes, orange juice, chicken broth, and thyme. Continue cooking until it starts boiling, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Pour this mixture into your blender jar and process until smooth, then cover the meat with this sauce.
4. Cover the meat with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes, then remove aluminum foil and keep baking for 10 more minutes to brown the meat. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving the meat.
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