In this section, Cool Springs' staff members make recommendations for kitchen concoctions you can try at home. Some recipes contain wine or spirits. Some are just paired with wine or spirits. In all cases, we promise palate-pleasing dishes that will (hopefully) inspire you to share it with others. Let us know what you think...
Pork Loin Roast
Serve this delicious roast with mashed red potatoes, a green vegetable and cold bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Dry Riesling – or their regular Riesling if you prefer something with just a little sweetness ($10.99 at Cool Springs Wine & Spirits).
1 (4 pound) boneless pork loin roast
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 1/2 cups apple juice, divided
1 cup pitted prunes
1 cup dried apricots
3/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. Place the roast in a shallow roasting pan. Mix together the mustard and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar; spread over the roast.
3. Roast for 3 hours in the preheated oven, basting with 1/4 cup of apple juice every 30 minutes. Roast is done when the internal temperature reads 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
4. During the last hour the roast is cooking, combine the prunes, apricots, red wine, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup of the juices from the roasting pan, and cloves in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon the fruit around the roast in the roasting pan during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
5. When the roast is done, place it onto a serving platter and spoon the fruit around it. Remove 1/4 cup of the drippings from the roasting pan, and mix with the cornstarch. Stir into the pan of drippings, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring gently until thickened and no longer cloudy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a gravy boat or serving bowl.
6. Slice the roast, and pass the sauce for guests to serve themselves