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Pork meatloaf with dried apricots


Thinking about the main dishes for the festive table? Include in your menu an unusual, spectacular and tasty dish, besides easy to prepare - meat pork roll with dried apricots. Does the combination of meat and dried fruits surprise you? But try it! Sunny, tender, slightly sweet, dried apricots go well with baked meat. And such a roll looks very elegant.

Pork meatloaf with dried apricots

Baked roll with dried apricots can be prepared from chicken, pork, beef. For the festive table, it seems to be boring to cook chicken, while beef is harder and drier than pork. Therefore, it is best to choose a piece of pork with a little fat.

Similarly, you can make meatloaf in foil with prunes - you get a different, no less appetizing taste and beautiful appearance.

  • Cooking time: 2 hours
  • Servings Per Container: 10-12

Ingredients for Pork Meatloaf with Dried Apricots

  • 0.7-1 kg of pork;
  • 100 g dried apricots;
  • 0.5-1 tsp salts;
  • ground black pepper;
  • 1 tbsp. water;
  • fresh greens for decoration.
Ingredients for cooking pork meat with dried apricots

This time I cooked a roll of pork balyk (lumbar and dorsal part of the carcass of a pig). It is convenient to cut a rounded piece of meat without bone so that a long layer is obtained, which is then rolled into a roll. But it’s quite possible and an easier option - to take a few pieces of meat, as for chop, put them next to a little overlap and also roll.

In addition to the basic spices - salt and pepper - you can add other seasonings for meat that you like: basil, paprika, dried ginger.

The method of preparation of meatloaf from pork with dried apricots

Wash dried apricots and fill it with water for 5-7 minutes. Not with boiling water - otherwise there will be little useful in dried fruits, but just very warm boiled water - 70-80 ° С. After standing, dried apricots will become soft. Do not pour water - it is tasty, like an apricot compote.

Pour dried apricots with water

Rinse and dry the meat with paper towels. Then gently cut the balyk in a spiral to make a long strip. Salt, pepper, sprinkle with spices.

Cut the balyk, rub with spices

Lay out on top of dried apricots meat in several rows, as shown in the photo.

We spread dried apricots on meat

And roll the roll as tight as possible. It is very convenient to additionally fix it with such heat-resistant silicone lace for rolls. Or just wrap the meat tightly in foil. If the foil is thin, then in a double layer. When baking in foil, it is necessary to place its shiny side outward, and the matte side inward.

Tightly wrap meatloaf Twisted meatloaf with dried apricots We fix the meatloaf

In a heat-resistant form or pan we put the roll, pour 1-1.5 cm of water to the bottom and put in the oven, heated to 180-200 ° C, to an average level. Bake from 1.5 to 2 hours - taking into account the size of the roll and the features of your oven. Periodically pour water into the form as it boils. If the form is glass or ceramic, we pour not cold water - otherwise the dishes may crack, but hot.

Wrap the roll in foil and set to bake

To check if the roll is ready, carefully, using thick tacks, take out the form. We unfold the foil and try the meat with a knife: is it soft? If not, continue baking. If the roll is soft and the broth is transparent, then the roll is ready. To lightly brown the top, you can return the roll to the oven for 10 minutes without closing the foil.

Pork meatloaf with dried apricots

Allowing the roll to cool completely, cut it with a sharp knife into slices 5-6 mm thick and put it nicely on a plate. Decorate with dried apricots and fresh herbs - sprigs of cockerel, dill, basil.

Pork meatloaf with dried apricots

We serve pork meatloaf with dried apricots as an appetizer or with hot dishes.