Yucatán-Style Pork

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  • Serves 6, with leftovers
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 401 calories
    • Fat 16 g
    • Sat Fat 5 g
    • Cholesterol 118 mg
    • Sodium 1003 mg
    • Protein 42 mg
    • Carbohydrate 22 g
    • Fiber 3 g
    • Iron 3 mg
    • Calcium 69 mg


  1. Check 1 3 1/2- to 4-pound pork-loin roast
  2. Check 6 ounces pitted dried prunes (about 1 cup)
  3. Check 1 tablespoon olive oil
  4. Check 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  5. Check 1 large onion, quartered
  6. Check 1 cup apple juice
  7. Check 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  8. Check 3 tablespoons chili powder
  9. Check 1 tablespoon salt
  10. Check 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  11. Check 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Using a small, sharp knife, make random 1 1/2-inch slits in the pork roast and stuff each with a prune. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or ovenproof stockpot over medium-high heat and brown the pork on all sides. Remove the pork from the Dutch oven; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender with the motor running, process the garlic cloves until minced. Add the onion and pulse until minced.
  3. Heat oven to 325° F. Add the minced garlic and onion to the Dutch oven and sauté until tender but not browned. Add the apple juice, cider vinegar, chili powder, salt, oregano, and cinnamon. Return the park to the Dutch oven. Over high heat, bring to a boil.
  4. Cover and place in oven. Cook 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally. Remove the cover and cook 30 minutes longer.
  5. Remove the pork from the sauce. Set the sauce aside for 10 minutes. When the fat comes to the surface, skim it off and discard. Boil the sauce over high heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. Slice the pork roast and serve with the sauce.