This is probably my most time consuming and complicated dish on this website, to date. It's not fast or easy, but ... what it lacks in ease, it makes up for in taste and pure specialness. It's something I designed for the holiday dinner table to delight and impress, without costing an arm and a leg. It's time consuming and a bit tricky, but ... COMPLETELY doable and everyone will be floored with the taste and presentation.
This beautiful pork loin is moist, because it's been brined. It's a bit sweet, because of the dried cranberries and maple. It's also got a sincere "Christmas Ham" quality to it, due to the cloves and orange. It's got that holiday taste. I made a similar pork loin many years ago, but I used chestnuts, in place of the pecans. I didn't use them here, because I wanted to ensure people could find the ingredients in their town. If you can find chestnuts ... by all means ... throw them in the pork roll. They fit right in!
Do not shy away from trying this pork dish. It takes upwards of 18 hours, but between the taste, presentation and unquestionable festive and special qualities that it has ... it's more than worth it. Take the time to put it on your holiday dinner table, this year. You won't regret it!
Before making this, make sure you've got 24 hours, butcher's twine and that you've watched this video, showing the cutting, stuffing and tying method
. This will just help you understand the process, but we're going to additionally brine our pork, and will be using a different stuffing and won't be roasting on the veggies (although you could ... and you wouldn't be the first!)