Fruit Stuffed Pork Loin Roast

2 lbs trimmed boneless pork loin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
6 dried apricots, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp minced fresh sage, or 1/2 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 Tbs vegetable oil
3 fennel bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced (reserve leaves for garnish)
2 lbs. Yukon Gold or other yellow potato, scrubbed and cut in half
10 cloves garlic, peeled
1 Tbs olive oil

Split the pork lengthwise without cutting through it so that you can open it like a book (butterflied). Pound to a uniform thickness of about 1 inch. Season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl combine the apple, apricots, Parmesan and sage and mix well. Spread over pork, roll pork and tie with kitchen twine at 2 inch intervals. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over high heat and brown the pork roast on all sides. Add the potatoes, fennel and garlic, and drizzle the olive oil over all. Roast 35 to 40 minutes in a 400F oven. Slice across roll to serve. Transfer to warm serving platter along with the potatoes, fennel, and garlic. Garnish with the reserved fennel fronds.

Yield: 8 Servings