Marinated, Stuffed Barbecued Pork; French Pizzas

Marinated Stuffed Pork

Hi, kiss how are kiss you?  The kiss weather has kiss been lovely.

Have kiss you had kiss a chance to kiss use your kiss pool?

That's how greeting another couple goes, here in the Vendée.

Four kisses; each person.  Two other couples = 16 kisses hello; 16 kisses goodbye.

We went out for a pizza last night with some friends; sort of the last hurrah before we leave.  They are all off on fall travels next week; and we're off permanently at the end of the month.

Going out for pizza, like so many other things, is different here.

First, one may be having a pizza for the main course, but that certainly doesn't mean that one should not have a starter, dessert and a coffee. 

After all, we are in a proper restaurant, with cutlery, tablecloths and napkins!

The starters were fairly typical: plates of crudites, smoked salmon, vegetable terrines, avocado cocktail…

What I thought might be of interest to those who have never eaten pizzas in Europe were, well, the pizzas.

Six people; six pizzas.  They're slightly larger than a dinner plate, with a wafer thin crust and are meant to serve one.  One does not get extra cheese and the toppings, in general, are not piled on, but arranged artfully.

We all opted for the traditional tomato based pizzas, although the crème fraiche versions looked wonderful, as well… Next time!

We had:

Coque: thinly sliced ham and mozzarella, with a sunny side up egg in the center

Indienne: lamb, peppers, onions and mushrooms with lots of hot, spicy curry seasoning and a lacing of Greek yogurt

Campagne: country ham, chicken gizzards, mushrooms, goat cheese and mozzarella

Kebab: onions, peppers, courgette, with 2 small ground beef kebabs criss-crossed on top, finished with couscous seasoning and feta cheese

Vegetable: avocado, artichoke, asparagus, mushroom and mozzarella

Fruits de Mer: shrimp (unpeeled), scallops, mussels (in the sehll) and smoked salmon

And Crème Brûlée and Tarte Tatin for dessert, bien sûr!

All that kissing works up an appetite!

If you're looking for something to do on the barbecue this weekend: 

Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin

Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin  to serve 4
    This is marinated for a few hours in a cross between a brine and a classic pork rib sauce.

1 pork loin roast, 24oz (750gr)
Marinade/Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) coffee 1/2 – 3/4 tsp instant dissolved in hot water or brewed coffee
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) maple syrup
1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) ketchup
2 tbs cider vinegar
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
4 – 6 mushrooms, about 1/2 cup finely chopped
2 slice Prosciutto
2 tbs dry bread crumbs
3 tbs marinade

At least 2 hours or up to 8 hours earlier: Mix all ingredients for marinade/barbecue sauce. Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the pork loin almost all the way through. Leave about 1/4" (.5cm). You want to be able to open it like a book. Spread the pork out in a deep dish and pour the marinade over. Turn the pork to coat, cover and refrigerate.
Dinner time: Finely chop mushrooms and Prosciutto. Mix mushrooms, Prosciutto and bread crumbs in a small bowl. Add 3 tbs of marinade and mix well. Remove pork from marinade, reserving marinade, and let drain a bit. Lay pork out with cut side up. Spread the stuffing on one side up to 1/4" from the edges. Fold the other side over and tie well with kitchen string. Cut five 10 inch lengths of string and wrap around pork and tie every 2 inches or so – making certain that you do one as close to each end as possible. Cook pork on barbecue grill for 45 – 60 minutes or until done, basting 3 or 4 times with the Barbecue Sauce. When done, slice and serve with more Barbecue Sauce on the side. Could also be baked at 400F for 45 – 60 minutes or until done but you won't get the sugary crust. It is done when 'juices run clear', so – either poke it, slice it and take a peak or use a meat thermometer. An instant read meat thermometer is best for a nice, juicy roast. Cook it to an internal temperature of 160F (70C).
To make barbecue sauce: Put reserved marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove 1/3 cup to use as a basting sauce and reserve the rest to use as a dipping sauce.


When I buy a roast here it's always very nicely tied… and very completely. I can never be sure of what kind of cut I'm getting. I bought a pork loin roast a few weeks ago and it was a perfect round when I untied it. This one had been rolled to make a 'round' roast. I ended up with a more shallow, off center cut then I had planned on, to stuff, so I put some stuffing on the narrow bit before I rolled it back up and tied it again…. That's why the photo is a little strange. We work with what we are given!

Bon Weekemd!

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7 thoughts on “Marinated, Stuffed Barbecued Pork; French Pizzas”

  1. Ahh that brings back memories. A friend visited with us from Germany one Summer and tried several of our famous PA pizzas — white pizza, red pizza, thin crust, skillet pizza, name it. So, when we went out for pizza with her a few months later in Germany, she warned us ahead of time that this was going to be a very different experience. That going out for pizza meant Italians, not Germans, would be baking it (I thought she was embellishing a bit with that comment) and that we would be served a one-person pizza, not something meant to be shared. Not to mention that forks were mandatory…this particular tidbit was something I was quite accustomed to already, having had to adapt to eating pizza with my hands when I moved to PA lol And, yes, the varieties are limitless! So, anyone heading to Germany, keep these things in mind when ordering pizza!

  2. Yes, Germans always eat nearly everything with cutlery ;-). They are always recognized by using fork and! knife 😉

  3. And I thought we dutch were weird… we kiss three times hello and goodbye (It used to be 2 long ago), and I think it’s just so overdone. But I’ll be still from now on, because I know it even can get worse…
    Those pizza’s sounds terrific, I love them waferthin and cruncy!

  4. Just what I wanted to say Lien, I tried single handedly to reverse the habit but it’s quite embarrassing to pull back and see someone literally kiss air…
    Cutlery yes… parental warning at our table: hey! have you changed nationalities? Use your knife! I want to see both hands above the table. Hehe..

  5. Now that is gourmet pizza..but if the personal pizza is the size of a dinner plate I would still be taking home a doggie bag. is that acceptable in France I wonder:D

  6. Tanna, it can get quite tiring at a large party – everyone has to be greeted!
    Cymry, I have even learned how to ear an orange with a knife and fork!
    Ulrike, as do the French and in Spain – see above about the oranges!
    Lien, two would be perfect! I think in Paris it’s two. It’s very regional here in France and I don’t know what our new area does. 4 is over the top!
    Baking Soda, and at my house is was ‘Get your left hand off the table!’ It was meant to stay in your lap unless being used to hold the knife, which was only used as a last resort.
    Val, but they’re thin and not heavy on the toppings… Really, (she says after just devouring one)

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