Looking for a little something different to serve a crowd this holiday? Here’s a seasonal treat from the new book Clean Eating for Every Season: Fresh, Simple Everyday Meals by Clean Eating Editorial Director Alicia Tyler. In this pork loin recipe, tender meat is brushed with a tart-sweet glaze and served with a fruity compote that cooks right in the roasting pan. Want to see what else she’s whipping up? The book is available here on Amazon.
Cranberry-Glazed Pork Loin Roast
Photos and recipe courtesy of Globe Pequot
Hands-on time: 35 min
Total time: 2 hours
1 4-lb boneless pork loin, trimmed
1 tsp sea salt + additional to taste
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 lb shallots (16 to 18), peeled and quartered lengthwise
11/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, divided
6 tbsp organic evaporated cane juice (aka organic cane sugar)
5 each whole black peppercorns, allspice, berries and cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle pork all over with salt and pepper. Arrange pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Arrange shallots and cranberries in pan around pork. Pour broth and ½ cup cranberry juice over shallots and cranberries. Transfer to oven, immediately reduce heat to 350°F; roast for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare glaze: In a small saucepan on medium-high, combine cane juice, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and remaining ½ cup cranberry juice. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve cane juice, and cook until mixture is reduced to ¼ cup, about 8 minutes. Strain mixture (discard whole spices); set aside.
Brush pork with cranberry glaze and continue roasting for 20 minutes. Baste with pan juices and continue roasting and basting every 20 to 30 minutes, until an internal thermometer inserted into the centermost part of roast reads 145°F, about 1½ hours total cooking time. (NOTE: If pan gets dry, add more broth or water to maintain about 1/4 inch liquid. If pork gets too browned, loosely cover with foil.) Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest, loosely covered with foil, for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, using a slotted spoon, transfer cranberry-shallot mixture to a serving bowl and season with additional salt.
Slice pork crosswise and arrange on a serving platter. Serve cranberry shallot compote on the side.
Nutrition information per serving (5½ oz meat with cranberry-shallot compote): Calories: 460, Total Fat: 26 g, Sat. Fat: 9 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 19 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 14 g, Protein: 37.5 g, Sodium: 302 mg, Cholesterol: 109 mg
What’s gracing your holiday table this year? —Kristen