Special Ingredient Game/challenge #2 & a Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll!

Remember my fun foodie-bloggers’ collaboration for the holiday season {here}?

This time it was the brilliant Krystina, the gal behind Kouzouna’s Kitchen, who came up with another special ingredient game, with a twist! We had to choose 5 ingredients of our very own and then 1 more ingredient from the Food Network’s 50-Secret-Ingredients list —a list compiled by chefs who claim these ingredients are their secret touch to make their dishes pop! {You can have a look at the article here}. To spare you the rest of the game rules, we had to make a recipe with only 6 total ingredients, sweet or savory, main or side, dip, finger-food, cocktail/drink, anything counted! I chose balsamic vinegar from the list along with honey, apples, Greek graviera cheese, bacon & pork loin to make a Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll.


Glazed Stuffed Pork Roll

  • Servings: 2-4 persons
  • Time: preparation 5mins/baking 45-60mins
  • Difficulty: very easy
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2 apples

2 pounds boneless, butterflied/flattened pork loin*
6-8 slices of bacon
6-8 slices of graviera cheese (the Swiss gruyère could be used as a substitute even though it’s quite different, or any type of cheese you like that can be used for a casserole)

*You can also pick up a pre-made pork roll from your butcher’s, stuffed with anything you like!

2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper the pork (keep a light hand as the bacon and cheese are really salty) and top with the slices of bacon and cheese, spreading them evenly, leaving an 1-inch margin around the perimeter. Starting with the short side, roll up tightly and secure with kitchen twine.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat (you don’t need to add any oil or butter!) and brown the roll on all sides. Place in a casserole pot that has a lid. Core and slice the apples, arrange slices around the roll. Mix honey and vinegar well together and spread the glaze all over the meat. Cover the casserole and bake at 82-93 ºF for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove the roll from the oven, take the lid off the casserole and allow the roll to rest for a full 10 minutes before slicing and serving, apples on the side.

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Χοιρινό Ρολό με Μήλα στη Γάστρα

  • Servings: 2-4 άτομα
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2 μήλα
1 χοιρινό ρολό έτοιμο από τον κρεοπώλη σας, με γέμιση της αρεσκείας σας (ενδεικτικά, το δικό μου είχε γραβιέρα και μπέικον)

2 γεμάτες κουταλιές της σούπας μέλι
2 κουταλάκια του γλυκού ξύδι βαλσάμικο

Ροδίζετε το ρολό από όλες τις μεριές σε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι χωρίς καμία λιπαρή ουσία. Το βάζετε σε μια γάστρα, κόβετε τα μήλα σε φέτες και τα μοιράζετε γύρω από το κρέας, αναμειγνύετε καλά το μέλι με το ξύδι και γλασάρετε πολύ καλά το ρολό σε ολόκληρη την επιφάνειά του. Σκεπάζετε τη γάστρα και ψήνετε σε προθερμασμένο φούρνο στους 200 °C για μία ώρα.

Listed below, you will find the recipes from the rest of the bloggers participating in the event:

Special Ingredient Game {the Food Network List}

Since the event will be open all day, do make sure you check back here again! I will be updating frequently, linking to all the recipes, as more posts go up from other bloggers in the following hours.

Let me also share some exciting news: our group is growing and gaining some recognition, so we thought we’d make a Facebook page to post all of our talented members’ delicious recipes and make them accessible to everyone!  Make sure you check us out here and for those of you who love to Pin all your favourite recipes here’s our Pinterest account as well!

Greek Dinner Party Around the World

Tonight Kicking Back the Pebbles will be participating in an exciting event!

#GreekDinner Around the World {2015}

Read all about the inspiration, the idea & the people behind the event, on 9 Muses News by blogger Keri Douglas, at the link below:


A list of participants can be found on said blog post by 9 Muses News but I will also list members of my community who are taking part, down below. Make sure you follow them as well as Kicking Back the Pebbles on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (and/or use hashtag #GreekDinner) to catch up with all the wonderful dinner parties around the globe!

Ours will not be a “party” per se but more of a quiet late dinner at home, featuring a simple green salad with great Greek products and a glass of traditional Kefalonian wine. Stay tuned!

Greek Dinner Around the World ~ January 15th, 2015