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Sweet and Sour Fig-Roasted Loin of Pork

Rocco DiSpirito's Family Meal

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Now that the weather is cool enough for many of us to turn on the ovens again, chef Rocco DiSpirito has some delicious recipes: Sweet and Sour Fig-Roasted Loin of Pork.


  • 3 pints very ripe black mission figs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. ground star anise
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • One center-cut loin of pork (approximately 4 1/2 lbs), fat scored in a criss-cross pattern
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. corn oil
  • Cooking Directions

    In a blender, combine 1 cup figs with the honey, vinegar, water, and spices. Blend until somewhat smooth, but small pieces of figs still exist. Set aside.

    Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.

    Tie the roast off with butcher's twine approximately 1 inch apart. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper.

    Heat a roasting pan over medium high heat and add the corn oil. Brown the roast on all sides in the pan, then transfer to the oven.

    Cook for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and spread the fig puree over the top of the loin.

    Add the remaining 2 pints of figs to the pan as well. Return to the oven and cook 15 to 30 minutes longer (the internal temperature should be 160 degrees). Remove from the oven and let the pork rest for five minutes.

    Cut off the butcher's twine and serve sliced with the roasted figs and pan juices.

    All recipes courtesy of Chef Rocco DiSpirito, Union Pacific restaurant.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: figs, honey, anise, cinnamon

    Course: Dinner, Main Course

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