Roasted Pork Loin with Almond Pesto

Total Time:
1 hr 45 min
Prep:
1 hr
Cook:
45 min

Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup toasted slivered or whole almonds (save 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • 3 serrano chiles
  • Juice of one lime
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cups picked thai basil leaves
  • 1 cup picked mint leaves
  • 3/4 cup peanut oil
  • 3 to 4 pound pork loin, cut into at least 4 (2-inch) pieces, pounded flat
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sliced green scallions for garnish
  • Canola oil to cook
Directions

In a food processor, place almonds, chilies, lime juice, garlic and ginger and mix well. Add the basil and mint leaves. Slowly drizzle in the oil to achieve a thick puree. Check for seasoning. Season the pork and spread the pesto on each pork escalope. Save a little pesto for garnishing. Roll the pork escalopes and tie each one with string. In a hot saute pan coated with oil, sear the pork roulades on all sides. Place pork in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. An internal temperature of 155 to 160 degrees is ideal. I love my pork pink. Let loin rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Add a little oil to thin out the remaining pesto.


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