First of all, stuffing meat is my new favorite thing. It’s oddly fun and the possibilities are endless! I’m not even a big meat-eater and I’ll be honest, that’s because I had never really been that good at making it. But before you get up and leave in search of other recipes, I’ll just reassure you that this stuffed pork recipe is worth sticking around for. The Mr. made this, not me. See, we’re pretty traditional I guess when it comes to the guy being in charge of the meat but I’m learning.
The meat has typically been the Mr.’s domain because, let’s be honest, it’s something he enjoys doing and one less thing for me to do! But he truly does a better job because he know the science behind it. Even more-so than with baking, science a large part of properly cooking meat. Plus the stakes are higher. If you don’t bake a cookie properly, worst case, you get a burnt or gooey cookie. Overcook meat and you get a super tough-to-chew waste of money or heaven forbid you undercook it, you can end up with food poisoning. (Real great thing to be talking about while I’m trying to get you hungry for this stuffed pork…)
Point is, meat is hard to cook so don’t feel bad if you screw it up. Having screw up a LOT, let me give you some advice. And I’m going to try to break this down for you in really simple terms — get a meat thermometer. It takes the guesswork out of learning to cook meat. I particularly like the old-fashion kind of meat thermometer that is NOT digital because 1.) You don’t need batteries. 2.) The temperatures are labeled. So if you don’t know the proper temperature to cook pork, chicken, beef, etc., it’s marked right on the thermometer. Totally worth $10.
One other thing you’re going to want for this recipe is a food processor. If you don’t already have one, check out this slick and affordable KitchenAid food processor. So that’s it. Once you have your meat thermometer and food processor all ready to go, you should be able to handle stuffing this pork with no problems.
One last thing, if you’re loving stuffed meat as much as me, check out my Jalapeño Popper Stuffed Chicken.