Apricot-Espresso Glazed Roast Pork Loin

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Apricot-Espresso Glazed Roast Pork Loin

A little espresso gives a robust edge to the sweet-tart apricot glaze for this roasted pork loin. There is a 20-minute cooking range for the pork because its thickness can vary—check your roast at the earlier range of timing to make sure you don’t overcook it. Recipe by Joyce Hendley for EatingWell.

Yield: 12 servings
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 75


  • 1 3-pound boneless pork loin, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (see Note)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Tie kitchen string around pork in two or three places so it doesn’t flatten while roasting. Rub oil, salt and pepper all over the pork. Place the pork in the prepared pan.
  3. Roast pork, turning once, for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine apricot preserves, espresso powder, mustard, Worcestershire, garlic and cloves in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat.
  5. After the pork has cooked for 30 minutes, brush all over with 1/2 cup of the glaze. (Leave the remaining glaze in the pan.) Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the meat registers 140°F, 20 to 40 minutes more. Transfer the pork to a clean cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, add broth to the remaining glaze in the pan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove the string and slice the pork. Serve with the sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Equipment: Kitchen string
  • Note: Look for instant espresso powder near the other instant coffee in well-stocked supermarkets.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 258
fat 9 g (3 g sat, 4 g mono)
cholesterol 71 mg
carbohydrates 18 g
protein 25 g
fiber 0 g
sodium 290 mg
potassium 390 mg

Nutrition Bonus

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 carbohydrate (other), 3 lean meat

From EatingWell March/April 2011