Monday, May 16, 2011

Porchetta with Vegetables

Pork fat definitely rules, but this time I decided to try this recipe with a pork tenderloin instead of a pork shoulder to keep the fat content down.  This is a compilations of a couple of different porchetta recipes.  I was very pleased with the outcome and think you will be too.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F

For the pork tenderloin you need:

1 bunch fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped
1 bunch fresh sage, leaves finely chopped
10 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large pork tenderloin about 2 lbs.
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


To make the porchetta: Trim the pork tenderloin of excess fat and remove the silver skin.  Combine the rosemary, sage, garlic and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Mix with enough olive oil until a loose paste has formed. Gently cut the sides of the pork so it opens up like a book and lies flat on your cutting board. Rub the oil mixture all over the inside of the pork shoulder, don't be stingy, slather it on everywhere! Season generously with salt and pepper. Roll the pork and tie tightly with cooking string.


For the Vegetables:

1 large Vidalia or yellow onion, diced
10 garlic cloves, smashed
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered lenghtwise
1 celery root, peeled and diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 bottle Pinot Grigio or your favorite white wine
Kosher salt
1 bundle fresh thyme
5 bay leaves
Extra-virgin olive oil
2 quarts chicken stock




Place all of the vegetables in a large roasting pan, add the wine. Season with salt, to taste, and add the bundle of thyme and bay leaves. Place the pork tenderloin on top of the vegetables.  The vegetable will act like a rack while the pork tenderloin if cooking.  Rub the top of the pork with oil and place on the middle rack in the oven.



Roast for 30 to 40 minutes until the skin starts to brown and becomes crispy. Brush the skin with the pan juices and add some of the chicken stock on and around the pork. Lower heat to 325 and roast for another 30 to 45 minutes until all of the vegetables are fork tender.  Baste the pork occasionally and add more chicken stock to keep pan moist. If the skin becomes too dark, tent with aluminum foil.



Remove the pork from the pan to a cutting board, remove and discard the string. Allow the tenderloin to rest for about 10 minutes. Slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Serve with the vegetables from the pan, drenched in the pan juices.

This is definitely an "A" list meal!  You will be dreaming of leftovers all night too.




8 comments:

SusanD said...

Oh yummmm. I'm having company soon and this will be super easy. It can cook while I, well...don't. ahaha. Thanks for sharing. Have a fabulous week. Blessings, SusanD

Pam said...

This is perfect for using up my herbs!!

David said...

Katherine, Just beautiful! It's time for dinner and now I'm really hungry... Love roast pork and veggies! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

MaryBeth said...

OMG...YUMM-O, this looks amazing my friend.

Big Dude said...

I've not heard pf this dish Katherine, but is sounds amazing and we'll have to give it a try - always looking for pork loin recipes

The Japanese Redneck said...

My husband won't eat fat. Me I luv the stuff.

Looks good.

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