Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuscan Roast Pork

Pork tenderloins were on sale the other day so I picked one up without a plan for it. A quick Google and I found this delicious recipe for Tuscan Pork Roast at Stephen Cooks! It turned out perfectly: moist and tender, quite flavorful but not too spicy for the picky kids. A perfect dinner on a chilly, Midwestern winter night.

Tuscan Roast Pork
Recipe from Stephen Cooks!

2 lb. pork tenderloin
4 medium cloves garlic, cut in slivers
2 T fresh rosemary, minced
2 T fennel seeds, ground in mortar and pestle
2 T fresh parsley, minced
2 T fresh oregano, minced
1 T dried crushed basil
1 T dried crushed thyme
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
2 tsp dried chopped onion
1/4 lemon, cut in 2 wedges
1/2 C white wine
2 tsp salt
olive oil
6 medium carrots, peeled, cut in 2-1/2" pieces
6 small potatoes, washed, cut in half

Wash the tenderloin and pat dry thoroughly.  With a sharp pointed knife, cut slits in the meat at 1/2" intervals and force the garlic slivers into the slits.  Mix the rosemary, fennel, oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne, and salt. Rub the tenderloin with olive oil, then with the herb mixture, patting and pressing the herbs into the meat.

Allow to rest at least 20 minutes.

Heat a small amount of olive oil in a heavy ovenproof pan or Dutch oven and brown the meat on all sides slowly. Remove from heat. Squeeze the lemon wedges into the pan and add the wine. Place the lemon wedges, potatoes and carrots in the pot and roast, partially covered, in a preheated 300º oven until the meat reaches 146º internal temperature, about 25 - 30 minutes. Remove the meat to a warmed platter and cover tightly with foil. Return the pan to the oven, raise the heat to 375º and roast the vegetables until tender, about another 20 minutes.

To serve, slice the meat and arrange it with the vegetables on a serving platter. Remove fat from the pan, deglaze with a few tablespoons of white wine or water, scraping loose any bits clinging to the pan. Pour the liquid from the pan over the meat and vegetables.

Note: the same technique can be used with a pork loin roast.


oak dining room table said...

This can be a nice addition to the Christmas dinner. It looks delicious and I really love the colors.

Michelle said...

Happy new year, and best of luck on a great 2011!

Uttermost mirrors said...

I'm hungry! This looks amazing and delicious. Perfect for any occasion.