Tuesday, November 1, 2011

bon appetit

Prosciutto-wrapped pork loin with roasted appleDSC_1499

The cover photo of the October issue of ‘bon appetit’ magazine was this pork dish. I told my husband that this would be a really great blog post. Why don’t we make it? And by ‘we’ I meant ‘he’, though my request had a little demand overtone to it. This recipe is too long, my head is spinning!  As if I planned this all along, we had every ingredients at hand except pork loin but no sweat, Costco is only a 5 minute drive away and I’m happy to get it for you darling.

My husband is very smart and can follow any instructions with no problem. He carefully read the recipe and voila! he produced a product that is a close match to the picture in the magazine. I, on the other hand, get confused often. I excuse the mishaps for not being a native English speaker yet I don’t get Japanese recipe as it is written sometimes. My oil painting teacher calls it having an artist brain. Oh yeah? I don’t read maps either but that’s an answer to my problems? Then my husband chimes in and said ‘You know, actually reading the recipe would help’. Yes sir!

Ingredients for filling

  • 1 oz. (1 cup) dried whole porcini mushrooms- I used mixed dried mushrooms- Put in a small bowl and add 1 cup boiling water. Soak for 30 minutes or until very soft. KEEP the soaking liquid (3/4 cup) cover and chill. Chop finely and set aside.DSC_1463
  • 2 oz. (3/4 cup) dried apples- do the same as above but discard the soaking liquid. Chop finely. Set aside.DSC_1464
  • 1 lb. kale, bottom stems trimmedDSC_1466
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely mince garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or Calvados- I used red wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. ground pork

For Pork

  • 1 (trimmed) 2-1/2 to 3 lb. pork loin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more for seasoning
  • 3 oz.thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 4 medium apples quartered, or 8 small apples, halved
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter , divided
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry hard cider
  • 1/2 cup low-salt chicken stock

Instruction for filling

Blanch kale in boiling salted water just until wilted, about 1 minutes. Using tongs or chopsticks, transfer kale to a rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate until cool. Remove any large tough ribs.DSC_1467

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cook, stirring often, until soft and lightly golden. About 8 minutes. Add chopped mushroom and apples: cook, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, thyme and rosemary, cook for 1 minutes. Add brandy and cook until liquid is absorbed about 1 minute. Stir in 2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Transfer mixture to a bowl and let cool completely . Add ground pork and stir  to combine well, DSC_1470DSC_1471DSC_1473

Instruction for pork

To butterfly, put pork loin on a work surface with the short end facing you. Holding a long, thin, sharp knife parallel to work surface and beginning along one long side, cut 1/2 inch above underside of roast. Continue slicing inward, pulling back the meat with your free hand and unrolling back the meat like a carpet, until the entire loin is flat. Cover with a sheet of plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet, pound to an even thickness.  DSC_1475DSC_1478 

Uncover pork and season with salt and pepper. place kale leaves on top of loin in an even layer, overlapping as needed and leaving a 1 inch border, Spread filling on top of kale. roll pork into a tight cylinder. Wrap one layer of prosciutto around roast. Tie roast securely with kitchen twine in 1 inch intervals. Tuck rosemary sprigs under twine, spacing apart.DSC_1479DSC_1480DSC_1488

Preheat oven to 400F. Place apples in a roasting pan. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with oil in a large skillet. Brown pork on all sides, about 5 minutes total, then set on top of apples in the pan. Add cider and 1/2 cup water to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up browned bits. Pour mixture into roasting pan. Roast pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loin registers 140F about 1 hour 40 minutes. Let roast rest for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. DSC_1489DSC_1496

While roast is resting make sauce. Reserve apples from roasting pan and spoon off fat from juices in the pan. Place pan on top of stove over medium–high heat. Add chicken stock. Pour in reserved mushroom liquid, leaving any sediment behind, and cook, scraping bottom of pan to release any browned bits, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons butter and season with salt and pepper. Strain sauce, slice pork. Serve with sauce and apples. Note; Prosciutto makes it salty enough for me, no need for additional salt. DSC_1829New variety – Sonya a beautiful coral-colored apple that taste great and was reasonably priced

I hope you had a fun Halloween. We had 242 trick-or-treaters (our record high is close to 400) last night.  I wore an orange t-shirt to celebrate the silly festivity. DSC_1843

Thank you honey for your hard work. Also thank you, ‘bon appetit’. It was delicious!


  1. AHAHAHHA! Sounds like my conversation with my husband... I also don't follow recipes well, and that's why I don't buy cookbooks... I think I'm very visual person and even though I read the same instructions a few times, I still struggle remembering what it was written and I have to go back to the book. I tell my husband "oh my English is not good enough to understand, so can you read and do this step?" He reads it quickly and follows. That's been my excuse but I haven't told him that I probably have the same issue in Japanese too, but slightly better. Haha. This looks so delicious and my stomach made noise at 10:30am! Still early for lunch but oh this looks YUM!

  2. Great recipe, the pork stayed moist and it was delicious.

  3. looks sooo yam!!

    you had 242rick-or-treaters?? wow!
    you had to have a lot of candies then.

    i love your mom's painting.

  4. 大ボケしてしまいました(笑)



  5. わか!(若!) Kemi~の写真のコメント。
    かっこよか!  Kemi~のペインティングのコメント。
    どんな味? おいしそう!Kemi~の料理のコメント。
    私には ちょっと複雑すぎなレシピ でも手順の写真があるので 親切ですね。Looks great!! 

  6. Great meeting you in person last night! I see your photo so often on your site, when you first came up, I thought for a moment we'd already met before! Anyway thanks for coming to my session today and I hope we get a chance to chat.

    This looks delicious by the way! I've been looking for an alternative to turkey this year for Thanksgiving since they're so expensive in Japan.

  7. So nice meeting you at the FB festival. Great blog!