Chard Pesto-Stuffed Pork Loin

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Chard Pesto-Stuffed Pork Loin

Recipe by Janet Taylor McCracken

Start to Finish: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Servings: 8


  • 7 large or 10 medium green Swiss chard leaves

  • 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 5 tbsp. shelled pistachios

  • 5 tbsp. grated Parmesan

  • 2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. chopped shallot

  • 1 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp. EVOO

  • 4 lb. pork loin roast

  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

  • 1 large Fresno chile, thinly sliced


1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Cut the center stems from the chard. Coarsely chop enough stems to measure 1 1/2 cups. Transfer to a food processor. (Discard the remaining stems.) Thinly slice the chard leaves; transfer to a large bowl. To the processor, add the parsley, pistachios, cheese, shallot, and lemon juice; pulse until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add 1/2 cup EVOO. Season the pesto with salt and pepper. Transfer 3 tbsp. of the pesto to a small bowl. Whisk in 3 tbsp. EVOO to make the dressing. Cover and refrigerate the chard and dressing separately.

2. Place the roast, fat-side down, on a work surface. Using a sharp long knife, cut into 1 long side of the roast about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Continue cutting, unrolling the roast like a carpet. Spread the remaining pesto on top, leaving a 1-inch border. Roll up the roast; using kitchen twine, tie it in 6 places. Season the outside of the roast.

3. In a large roasting pan set over 2 stovetop burners, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high. Add the roast. Cook, turning often, until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to the oven. Roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 145° when inserted into the center, about 50 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes. Cut the roast into 1/2-inch slices.

4. Toss the sliced chard, chile, and half the dressing; season. Transfer to a platter. Arrange the roast on top. Drizzle the remaining dressing over the roast.