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My dear friend Kat had a photo on her blog of a bacon wrapped pork loin. And my friend Conor did a wonderful salmon dinner with potatoes and spinach. I decided to do the bacon wrapped pork loin as I could not get a good piece of salmon, but I adapted Conor’s potatoes. Please take a look at both of their blogs as they both have lots of good info! Both links are to the right: Kat is She Cooks, and Conor is One Man’s Meat…

Ingredients
2 pork loins
Roasted garlic
Dijon mustard
Rosemary
Apple Smoked Bacon
Olive oil, extra virgin
Toothpicks
Russet Potatoes

First, start with the garlic. Take a head, slice the top off

Garlic before baking

and roast in the oven for about an hour at 350. Take out the pork loin and let it warm up to room temperature. Remove garlic from the oven.

Garlic is ready!

While the garlic is cooling get your potatoes ready. I cut them in half and then into thirds. Then following Conor’s recipe I placed the potatoes into a bowl of water to leach out the starch.

Potatoes soaking in water

This has to sit for a half hour, so while it is sitting, you can get the pork ready. It is a bit messy but well worth it! Take the pork loins and trim out the blue colored muscle. Then lay out the strips of bacon, and lay the pork loin on top. Rub with the roasted garlic, Dijon mustard and the rosemary. Wrap the bacon around the pork loin and fasten the bacon with the toothpicks. Place the meat in a 9×13 inch baking pan.

Pork Loin wrapped and ready!

Now drain the potatoes. In a bowl I added the potatoes with a bit of vegetable oil, Spike and salt and pepper. I mixed the lot with my hands, and then placed them on my new silpat non-stick pan covering.

Potatoes are in the oven!

Place these in the oven at 375 for 50 minutes. Place the pork in the oven at 375 for the same amount of time. Turn the potatoes after 25 minutes. When the timer goes off at 50 minutes, check the temperature of the meat. I took this out of the oven at 150 degrees, put it on a cutting board and covered it with foil.

Pork just out of the oven!

The potatoes came out of the oven and I placed these into a serving bowl with a dash of salt.

Potatoes right out of the oven!

Up here in the foothills, we have an area where they grow a whole variety of apples and it is known as Apple Hill. If you ever get the chance stop at Boa Vista. They have the largest variety of apples and pies, and also some wonderful apple sauce, which I am using tonight with dinner. Gravenstein no less!

Gravenstein apple sauce!

Get out the applesauce and have at the ready!

Slice up the meat…

Slice up the pork loin...

, and, dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

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