This crowd-pleasing pork is a celebration favourite. Photo / Babiche Martens

Celebrate With Crispy Pork Loin

Nothing beats a deliciously juicy pork loin with crispy crackling when it comes to feeding a crowd

As it has no bones, a loin takes the guesswork out of carving. Just remove the crackling then cut the meat into thin slices.

Serves 6-8

20g butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 chorizo sausage, chopped
1 tsp fennel seeds
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ cup chopped parsley
1 egg
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup sultanas or cranberries
½ cup chopped walnuts

1.5kg pork loin
Oil and salt
2 cups white wine

To serve
Cranberry sauce

1. To make the stuffing, heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and garlic cooking for 3 or 4 minutes to soften. Add the chorizo and cook for a further 4 minutes to lightly brown. Place into a large bowl.

2. Add the fennel, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, lemon, salt, pepper, sultanas or cranberries and walnuts. Mix together to form the stuffing.

3. If your loin has been tied with string, untie it and lie it flat. Tuck as much stuffing as possible into the cavity, you may need to cut a slit along to fit a bit more. Retie the loin tightly with string. Place the remaining stuffing into an ovenproof bowl. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

4. Preheat the oven to 220C.

5. Rub the top of the pork generously with oil and salt. Place onto a lined baking dish and into the hot oven for 40 minutes or until the crackling is starting to look crispy. Turn the oven down to 180C, pour the wine around the outside and continuing to cook for 1 hour or until the juices run clear.

6. Add the bowl with the remaining stuffing to the oven for the last 20 minutes.

7. Let the pork loin sit for 15 minutes before slicing. And then serve with cranberry sauce and the juices from the pan.

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