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Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin

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Active Time:  10 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 15 Minutes
  Serves 4
Pork has a natural affinity for rosemary and sage, as any Italian knows. To combat the tendency of pork loin to dry out, I like to wrap it in pancetta (Italian bacon) before roasting. Pair with braised white beans and roasted potatoes for a true Tuscan feast. Uncork a Chianti.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 garlic cloves, peeled, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
8 fresh sage leaves, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 2-pound boneless pork loin roast, well trimmed

4 strips pancetta or bacon

Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Pound garlic, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper with pestle in mortar until paste forms. Alternatively, puree ingredients in mini food processor. Mix in oil. Place pork in baking dish. Spread herb mixture all over pork. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place pork, fat side up, on rack set in heavy roasting pan. Drape pancetta strips crosswise over pork. Roast until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 160 degrees F for medium doneness, about 1 hour. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Discard pancetta strips.


Cut pork crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Arrange pork slices on platter. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired, and serve.


Recipe created exclusively for Cooking.com by Steven Raichlen, the author of the award-winning Barbecue Bible.


Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 489
Fat. Total: 30g
Protein: 50g
Carbohydrates, Total: 2g
Sodium: 1433mg
% Cal. from Fat: 55%
Cholesterol: 158mg
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Rating: 5
by: Marta, IL Reviewed: 04/03/2007
This is such a great recipe. I half the salt called for, and it is still absolutely fabulous!!!
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