Spinach Stuffed Wild Boar Loin with Arugula Pistachio Pesto

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Recipe contributed by Field Staff Writer A. Zada

Most people don’t get the opportunity to taste the deliciousness of wild boar. It has a distinct flavor that has been developed by its surrounding habitat. With farmed pigs you get bland meat that has been fed corn or soybean meal all its life, mostly because it is inexpensive and fattens them up. This works because whatever you use to season it comes right through. As for Wild boar and all other game meat you get to taste it’s habitat. Feasting on nuts, fruits and grass wild boar has a much more developed flavor that’s always a pleasure to eat.

Stuffing Ingredients:

2 tsp                Olive oil

1                      Onion, diced

4 cloves          Garlic, minced

4 cups             spinach

½ tsp              salt

½ tsp              pepper

1 cup               Parmesan, shredded

Arugula Pesto Ingredients:

4 cloves          Garlic

1/3 cup          pistachios

2 cups             Arugula, packed

½ cup             Parmesan, shredded

1 tsp                salt

½ tsp              pepper

2/3 cup          olive oil

4 lbs.               Wild Boar Loin, 3/4” thick steaks

 

img_0258Stuffing

  • Place medium sauté pan over medium high heat. Add olive oil. Add onions and sweat for 2-3 min or until translucent.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add spinach one handful at a time until it wilts down then add another handful.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Set aside in a bowl to cool down and use later. Once it has cooled a bit add the Parmesan cheese and mix up.

Arugula pesto

  • Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend for 30 seconds until sauce consistency.

Boar

  • Preheat oven to 425° F (or using a Traeger or other pellet grill, preheat on High)
  • Using a paring knife cut a pocket into the ¾” side of the Boar chop. Cut directly in the middle so it is even on both sides. Be sure not to cut all the way through so the stuffing doesn’t come out the other side.
  • Fill each chop with about a tablespoon of the stuffing.
  • Season chops with salt and pepper all over.
  • Place chops on a sheet tray and place in preheated oven. (If using Traeger or pellet grill. Do not use a sheet tray and place directly on the grill) Cook for 15 min or when internal temperature is at least 145°
  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 3 min.
  • Serve topped with Arugula Pistachio Pesto. Enjoy!

Other Articles Contributed by A. Zada
Dove & Bacon Popper with Heirloom Tomato Chutney
Grilled Red Pepper Sage Leg of Venison
Yellowtail Mango Habenero Ceviche

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