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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Fruitcake-stuffed Pork Loin

cakes, meats, holiday, pork

1/3 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cup crumbled fruitcake
5 lb boneless rolled pork loin roast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon dried thyme, divided
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon bourbon
1/4 cup whipping cream

COOK onion and garlic in olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender. Remove skillet from heat; add fruitcake, and stir well. REMOVE pork loin from elastic net. (There should be 2 pieces.) Trim excess fat. Make a cut lengthwise down the center of each piece, cutting to, but not through, bottom. Starting from center-cut of each piece, slice horizontally toward 1 side, stopping 1/2 inch from edge. Repeat on opposite side. Unfold each piece of meat so that it lies flat. FLATTEN to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. SPRINKLE salt, pepper, and 1 tb. thyme evenly over pork. Sprinkle fruitcake mixture over pork. ROLL each loin half, jellyroll fashion, starting with long side. Secure with string, and place, seam-side down, in a shallow roasting pan. POUR apple juice and chicken broth around rolled pork loins in pan. COMBINE 1/4 cup bourbon and honey. Brush lightly over rolled pork loins. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon thyme. BAKE at 350F for 50 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 160F, basting with bourbon mixture at 20-minute intervals. Remove pork loins from pan, reserving pan drippings; keep pork warm. POUR pan drippings into saucepan; bring to a boil, and cook about 10-15 minutes until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Set aside. MELT butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add reduced drippings and 2-tbs. bourbon; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream. Garnish pork, if desired with fresh grapes, kumquats, thyme sprigs, and canned crabapples. Serve sauce with sliced pork.