Bake-Off® Contest 42, 2006
Long Beach, California

Piñata Pork Roast

Gather friends around for this festive spiral-stuffed pork roast served with corn-avocado salsa.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 2 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 17
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

6
Old El Paso™ taco shells (from 4.6-oz box), crushed to 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
2
cups Green Giant™ Steamers™ Niblets® frozen corn
1 1/2
cups shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend (6 oz)
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2
tablespoons chopped green onions (2 medium)
1
boneless pork loin roast (about 4 lb), trimmed of fat, butterflied by butcher to be flattened and rolled*
Salt and freshly cracked pepper, if desired
1
package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix
1/2
teaspoon garlic salt
1/2
teaspoon ground cumin
1/2
cup chicken broth
1 1/2
teaspoons grated lime peel
1
tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2
cup grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1
ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
Lime slices, if desired
Additional fresh cilantro, if desired

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix crushed taco shells, 1 cup of the frozen corn, the cheese, chopped cilantro and onions.
  • 2 Open pork roast to lay flat; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Press taco shell mixture evenly onto pork to within about 3/4 inch of edge.
  • 3 Starting with one long side, tightly roll up pork jelly-roll fashion; tie with kitchen string at 1 1/2-inch intervals. Rub taco seasoning mix evenly over rolled pork. Place seam side down on rack in ungreased large heavy ovenproof roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in center of thickest part of pork.
  • 4 Roast uncovered 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into center of pork reads 155°F. Remove pork from pan; place on cutting board or serving platter. Cover with foil; let stand 10 minutes until thermometer reads 160ºF.
  • 5 If necessary, drain off any excess fat from roasting pan; place pan over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic salt, cumin, broth and remaining 1 cup corn. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until corn is tender. Stir in lime peel, lime juice, tomatoes and avocado. Cook just until thoroughly heated. Remove string from pork; cut across grain into slices. Serve pork with corn-avocado salsa; garnish with lime and cilantro.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix crushed taco shells, 1 cup of the frozen corn, the cheese, chopped cilantro and onions.
  • 2 Open pork roast to lay flat; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Press taco shell mixture evenly onto pork to within about 3/4 inch of edge.
  • 3 Starting with one long side, tightly roll up pork jelly-roll fashion; tie with kitchen string at 1 1/2-inch intervals. Rub taco seasoning mix evenly over rolled pork. Place seam side down on rack in ungreased large heavy ovenproof roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in center of thickest part of pork.
  • 4 Roast uncovered 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into center of pork reads 155°F. Remove pork from pan; place on cutting board or serving platter. Cover with foil; let stand 10 minutes until thermometer reads 160ºF.
  • 5 If necessary, drain off any excess fat from roasting pan; place pan over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic salt, cumin, broth and remaining 1 cup corn. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until corn is tender. Stir in lime peel, lime juice, tomatoes and avocado. Cook just until thoroughly heated. Remove string from pork; cut across grain into slices. Serve pork with corn-avocado salsa; garnish with lime and cilantro.

EXPERT TIPS

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*To cut pork roast so it can be filled and rolled, cut horizontally down length of pork, about 1/2 inch from top of pork, to within 1/2 inch of opposite side; open flat. Turn pork so you can cut other side. Repeat with other side of pork, cutting from the inside edge to within 1/2 inch of outer edge; open flat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fill and roll as directed above.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
110mg
110%;
Sodium
530mg
530%;
Total Carbohydrate
12g
12%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
1g
1%
),
Protein
38g
38%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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