Cassie, what’s with all the stuffed meat lately? Well, glad you asked. It’s delicious and fun! Meat inside of meat? It’s like Epic meal time up in here. Don’t follow this link at work, some of the language is bleeped by a bird.
After the success of the spinach-bacon-chicken I searched my fridge for new ingredients to stuff inside a pork loin I had laid out. I found some chorizo in the meat drawer, score! Now what kind of vegetables go well with Chorizo? Why orange ones! Don’t ask me why it works, it just does. I wanted the seasoning on the outside to match the chorizo inside. Read along for another amazing meat in meat recipe:
Chorizo Stuffed Pork Loin
1 pork loin ~5.5 lbs
1 package of chorizo 10oz
3 carrots diced
1/2 yellow onion diced
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 sweet potato cut in chunks
1tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic
1/8 tsp of cumin
1/8 tsp of ground oregano
In a frying pan cook the chorizo on medium heat. While that cooks dice your onion then add it to the chorizo. Dice your carrots and again add them to the pan. Cook this mixture for another 5 minutes.
While it cooks prep your sweet potatoes and cut your loin. I time my cooking by how long it takes me to slice up my veggies. If you feel the need to prep your veggies ahead of time, cook each for about 2 minutes before adding the next ingredient. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool down. When it is cool enough to handle, stuff inside your pork loin.
Fold meat back together.
Place loin inside of a ring of sweet potatoes (any one hear Johnny Cash right now?) In a well oiled baking dish. Mix all the spices together in a small bowl and sprinkle over top of loin and potatoes. Toss the potatoes a bit to coat with seasoning.
I baked the loin in the oven at 400 uncovered for 1.5 hours while I rocked Grace at the gym.
This was too hot and too long. The meat came out tough and dry. Next time I’ll cook it at a much lower temperature for a longer time. That’s usually my MO, but I wanted to try something different. If you are making this at home, and you should because the flavors are wonderful, make sure that the fat side is up. Bake it covered at 200 for at least 4 hours. As always check internal temperature before eating. You could definitely make this in a crock pot or deep pot and let cook low and slow while you are at work. I will make this again but much slower.
The flavors were awesome and as I said before, orange vegetables go great with chorizo! Are you hungry why not try this out?