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Pork Roast Dinner

Since Mj and I combined our meat CSA power, we now get a roast every month. This past month roast was a bone-in pork loin. We decided to use a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for “Tuscan-Style Garlic-Rosemary Roast Pork Loin.” Kudos to Mj and Brian for their masterful brining skills. The roast was delicious. The rosemary garlic paste made it very flavorful and the brining made it juicy and tender. We also had a goat cheese and roasted garlic crostini, that was excellent (maybe Mj will post the recipe!), roasted fingerling potatoes, corn and greens beans. For dessert, I made an apple pie from the ginger golds we picked last weekend with some Christina’s ice cream. All together a lovely dinner.

 

Next month’s roast is a ham, which we are less excited about. 

 

Tuscan-Style Garlic-Rosemary Roast Pork Loin with Jus

9/2002

The roasting time is determined in part by the shape of the roast; a long, thin roast will cook faster than a roast with a large circumference. Though not traditionally served, the ribs are rich with flavor. If you'd like to serve them or enjoy them for yourself, increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees, untie the roast and remove the loin as directed, then scrape off the excess garlic-rosemary paste from the ribs, set them on a rimmed baking sheet, and return them to the oven for about 20 minutes, until they are brown and crisp. Slice in between bones and serve.

Serves 6 to 8

Roast
2cups kosher salt or 1 cup table salt
2 1/3cups packed dark brown sugar (16 ounces)
10large cloves garlic , lightly crushed and peeled
5sprigs fresh rosemary (each about 6 inches long)
1bone-in, center-cut, 4-pound pork rib roast , prepared according to first two illustrations below
Garlic-Rosemary Paste
8 - 10cloves garlic , pressed through garlic press or minced to paste (1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 1/2tablespoons minced fresh rosemary 
1teaspoon ground black pepper 
1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
1/8teaspoon kosher salt or pinch table salt
Jus
1cup dry white wine 
1teaspoon ground black pepper 
1medium shallot , minced (about 3 tablespoons)
1 1/2teaspoons minced fresh rosemary 
1 3/4cups low-sodium chicken broth 
2tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 4 pieces and softened


1. TO BRINE THE ROAST: Dissolve salt and brown sugar in 1 1/2 quarts hot tap water in large stockpot or clean bucket. Stir in garlic and rosemary; add 2 1/2 quarts cold water and submerge meat and bones in brine. Refrigerate until fully seasoned, about 3 hours. Rinse meat and ribs under cold water and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

2. FOR THE GARLIC-ROSEMARY RUB: While roast brines, mix together garlic, rosemary, pepper, olive oil, and salt in small bowl to form paste; set aside.

3. TO PREPARE THE ROAST: When roast is done brining, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Heat heavy-bottomed 12-inch nonreactive skillet over medium heat until hot, about 4 minutes. Place roast fat-side down in skillet and cook until well-browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer roast browned-side up to cutting board and set aside to cool. Pour off fat from skillet and add wine; increase heat to high and bring to boil, scraping skillet with wooden spoon until browned bits are loosened, about 1 minute. Set skillet with wine aside.

4. Following "Adding the Paste" illustrations below, make lengthwise incision in pork loin, rub with one-third of garlic-rosemary paste, rub remaining paste on cut side of ribs, and tie meat back to ribs. Sprinkle browned side of roast with 1 teaspoon pepper and set roast rib-side down in flameproof roasting pan. Pour reserved wine and browned bits from skillet in roasting pan. Roast, basting loin with pan drippings every 20 minutes, until center of loin registers about 135 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 65 to 80 minutes. (If wine evaporates, add about 1/2 cup water to roasting pan to prevent scorching.) Transfer roast to carving board and tent loosely with foil; let stand until center of loin registers about 145 degrees on instant-read thermometer, about 15 minutes.

5. While roast rests, spoon off most of fat from roasting pan and place over 2 burners at high heat. Add shallot and rosemary; using wooden spoon, scrape up browned bits and boil liquid until reduced by half and shallot has softened, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 8 minutes. Add any accumulated pork juices and cook 1 minute longer. Off heat, whisk in butter; strain jus into gravy boat.

6. Cut twine on roast and remove meat from bones. Set meat browned-side up on board and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Serve immediately, passing jus separately.

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