Simple Pork Roast Recipe

September 28, 2014

pork-roast-mainThere’s been a lot of eating here but nothing to blog about. Balancing life and work is not easy especially when there is only 24 hours in a day and you need at least 6-8 of it for sleeping and another 8 for working and another 8 for family and life.  Luckily there is always time to eat tucked in somewhere the hours for family and life, yes? And the cool weekend with the sun making a cameo throughout the day inspired me to make something warm, hearty and delicious.  Our summer days are numbered..le sigh!

I went to Whole Foods and saw an incredible deal on whole pork leg roasts. Weighing at 2.5lbs for under 20 bucks is pretty good deal in my books, especially since it’s organic, local and ethically raised. This was going to feed about 4-6 people or 4-6 dinners. I wanted to honour this animal with a simple pork roast recipe. Simplicity and back-to-basics was my aim here so I rubbed the lovely pork with some salt, pepper, minced fresh garlic, yellow mustard powder and dried thyme. These are complementary flavours that just cannot go wrong for roast meats. You can rub the spice liberally over the outside of the roast but I like to take it up a notch by butterflying the meat so I can season the inside as well. You can omit this step and it’ll still taste pretty grand but I do recommend that if you can muster up the effort to do so, do so. Use twines to tie up the roast to keep it tight and even all around. You do not have to do this but since the recipe is such a simple one, it makes a difference to the end result when you do the little things like making sure the roasting surface is even by tying it with twine, rubbing and seasoning the meat well inside and out, browning it for flavour, giving the roast enough space to cook evenly all around and using low and steady heat to ensure a moist and tender end result.

TL;DR: Every little step contributes to a better product if it’s a simple recipe.

Pair the pork roast and its juices with rice, pasta, potatoes (mashed or otherwise) and vegetables of your choice and you would have a full meal. The best part are the leftovers, which makes for delicious sandwiches or toppings on your pasta, soups, salads – the possibilities are endless.

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Simple Pork Roast Recipe

  1. 2.5lb of pork roast (any cut is fine)
  2. 1 tablespoon oil
  3. 1 cup of water or any broth you have on hand + a shot of liquor/a can of beer, if you’d like
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. Optional: 2-3 cups of either/combined carrots, turnips, potatoes, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pearl onions, daikon radish, Jerusalem artichokes.

For the rub:

pork-roast-2Method:

  1. Mix the spices and seasoning for the rub in a bowl.
  2. If you’re butterflying your pork roast, do so now. If not, massage the rub into the meat with your fingers. Make deep stabs and scores on the meat with your knife and rub the spices in thoroughly.
  3. Tie the roast up and let it sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Overnight is better but 1 hour would do the job just fine.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 325F. Heat a pan with a bit of oil and brown all sides of the roast – this is an optional step but it is a great flavour booster. Set the roast aside.
  5. On a large roasting pan or  stainless steel pot, add the vegetables, bay leaf and sit the pork roast over the top. Add water/broth/booze in and let it cook in the oven for 3.5 hours. The end result should be a pork roast that is fork tender and falls apart easily on a celebration of vegetables flavoured by its own drippings.
  6. Remove the roast into a plate and let it rest for 30 minutes. If you’d like to thicken the sauce, reduce it over the stove on high heat for 15 minutes or thicken it with some cornstarch. I used flaxseed as my thickening agent. Serve warm with rice, polenta, bread, potatoes, pasta and/or if you want some greens to go with it, steam some broccoli or kale. Keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days …if it lasts that long.

You can also use this recipe in a crockpot or slow cooker. Low and slow is the game and I’ve seen some amazing slow cooker pork roasts. Same recipe, cook low and slow for 8 hours.

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