Roasted pork loin is a great pleasure, and is a great dish to enjoy in warm or cold weather. There are so many ways to prepare this dish. Ultimately, we have discovered that a combination of garlic, thyme, rosemary, and sage work best with a high quality pork roast.
As far as applying the seasonings, there are two ways you could do this. The preferred method is butterflying the pork loin (ask your butcher – mine at Whole Foods happily obliges), spreading the garlic and herbs, and rolling up the loin and tying with kitchen string. Alternatively, you could finely chop the garlic and herbs, combine them, and marinate the pork in a bag for 6-12 hours until it is ready to cook (or 2 hours at room temperature if you are in a hurry).
A simple dish like this deserves equally simple, but great side dishes. I prefer garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. However, for this dish I am particularly inspired to make a Vegetable Tian of tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant that I discovered on Mimi Thorisson’s blog, Manger.
We also recently added her new publication Manger to our cookbook collection! This recipe is inspired by it.
- 1 4lb pork loin, butterflied
- 6-7 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon sage, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon thyme, finely chopped
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 5-6 slices high quality bacon/pancetta to wrap around the pork loin (as necessary)
- Kitchen string
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Lay out the butterflied pork loin on a cutting board, and season with salt and pepper. Combine the chopped herbs and garlic in a small bowl, and mash with a fork. Spread the garlic and herb mixture in an even layer. Once applied, roll the pork loin (almost like rolling a towel) tightly. Wrap the rolled with bacon. With kitchen string, tie the pork loin, see direction below in post.
- Put the pork loin in a roasting pan. If you love garlic, break up one or two heads of garlic into cloves, and scatter into the roasting pan. Throw in some whole sprigs of rosemary if you'd like as well (and your house will smell fantastic). Roast the pork loin for one hour and fifteen minutes, or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees. Remove from the oven and let the loin rest for 10-15 minutes until carving.
Instructions on how to tie a pool with kitchen string here.
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