Step 2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread the stuffing evenly over the meat. Roll meat into a spiral, starting from a short side. Tie roast in three or four places with heavy 100-percent-cotton kitchen string. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Insert an oven-going meat thermometer into center of roast. Roast, uncovered, for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 145°F, covering ends of meat after 45 minutes to prevent stuffing from drying out. Transfer roast to a serving platter. Cover loosely with foil; let stand while preparing gravy.
Step 3. For pan gravy, add the 1 cup water to roasting pan, using a wire whisk to stir and scrape up browned bits. In a small saucepan whisk together the 1/3 cup cold water and the flour. Whisk in pan juices. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season to taste with additional salt and ground black pepper. If desired, sprinkle gravy with cracked black pepper.
Step 4. Remove string from pork roast; discard. Slice roast; serve with gravy. If desired, garnish with cherries and/or snipped fresh thyme sprigs.
Prepare the stuffing and butterfly the roast. Cover and chill separately for up to 24 hours. Stuff the pork and roast as directed.
Stuffed Pork Loin with Spinach and Apricot Stuffing
Nutrition analysis per serving with Spinach Apricot Stuffing: 326 calories, 39 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 13 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 105 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 115% Vitamin A, 42% Vitamin C, 385 mg sodium, 17% calcium, 23% iron