Rating: 4.36 stars
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

I've been searching for stuffing recipes that don't use bread as I try and avoid gluten. This quinoa stuffing was my own solution. The sweetness of the apple and raisins in this dish plays nicely with baked yams. Hopefully there are others who will enjoy it as much as I did.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
40 mins
cook:
55 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender, and the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion, garlic, apples, raisins, pine nuts, and mushrooms until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 8 minutes. Stir in the white wine, and cook another minute until the liquid has evaporated. Combine the apple mixture and quinoa until evenly mixed; set aside.

  • Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  • Cut the pork tenderloin from one side through the middle horizontally to within one-half inch of the other side. Open the two sides and spread them out like an open book. Place between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the tenderloin with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/2 inch.

  • Season the tenderloin on both sides with cinnamon, garam masala, salt, and black pepper. Spoon the quinoa filling onto the tenderloin, then roll up and secure with kitchen twine or toothpicks. Place onto a roasting pan.

  • Roast in the preheated oven until the pork is no longer pink in the center, about 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the filling should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Note:

For the wine used in cooking (and for drinking with the meal) I like a gewurtztraminer because it is sweet and fruity which will suit the stuffing.

If you wish you can make a sauce from the drippings of the pork as long as you have not used a glass baking dish. To do this, remove the pork from the baking pan and cover with foil. Put the non-glass pan directly onto the stove and add a splash of wine, some chicken stock, and heat through while scraping up the brown bits. You may choose to thicken with cornstarch or allow to reduce to a saucy consistency.

Nutrition Facts

282 calories; protein 21.2g; carbohydrates 21.2g; fat 12.5g; cholesterol 49.1mg; sodium 44mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (29)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This is great! The only thing different I did was use a pinch if nutmeg in place of the garam masala (simply because we didn't have any) and omitted the mushrooms (again we didn't have any). Oh and I doubled the garlic because we love garlic! Even my teenager had seconds! This recipe will definitely be used again! Yum!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/04/2012
I didn't think this was good at all. Read More
(3)
28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This is great! The only thing different I did was use a pinch if nutmeg in place of the garam masala (simply because we didn't have any) and omitted the mushrooms (again we didn't have any). Oh and I doubled the garlic because we love garlic! Even my teenager had seconds! This recipe will definitely be used again! Yum!! Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2011
By far the most adventurous yet easy thing I've prepared. It turned out beautiful and the family was very impressed. I added craisins instead of raisins and also some cayenne and jalapenos because we are spice-lovers here. I also used a meat thermometer because I was slightly worried about cooking the pork fully but the recipe's time was right in line with what the meat thermometer read. CAMEAL you rock! This is my all-time favorite recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2011
I was a little skeptical of the ingredients but this was so easy and good! I didn't have mushrooms on hand so I replaced them with black currants. Delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2011
Sooooo good! The stuffing was amazing even on it's own! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2011
This was excellent! Highly recommend. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
01/15/2012
I have been wanting to cook with quinoa and this was my first attempt. I thought this would be a good way to get reluctant family members to try it. They all raved about it. Serve with applesauce. Yummy. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/03/2012
I didn't think this was good at all. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Very good and fancy. Took a bit of time though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/16/2014
This recipe was very easy to follow. I'm a big fan of quinoa and was looking for different ways to add it to my meal. We made the pork tenderloin as close to the recipe as we could get it to be. The only difference is we added prunes instead of raisins and pecans instead of pine nuts since we didn't have any of both at home. We also did what another reviewer did and substituted the garam masala with nutmeg. And we smeared a little bit of apple butter on the outside of the pork tenderloin after we wrapped it. We tried the quinoa stuffing mix before adding it to the pork tenderloin and felt it needed some salt so we added a little into it as well. Overall the pork tenderloin came out wonderful and moist. We will definitely be using this recipe again! Read More
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