Prep 1 hr 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 40 mins
This delicious recipe is actually a combination of three different recipes, with a unique cooking method to keep the loin juicy. When my husband bought a 12 pound pork loin (because it was "on sale"), I panicked! I didn't have much experience cooking pork loin, and I knew that they can come out tough and tasteless if cooked improperly. I cut the loin into three 4-pound portions and threw them in the freezer, while I scoured the internet and cook books for a recipe and cooking directions. Now, this recipe is a family favorite! This would be wonderful for a holiday meal, or anytime you want to create something that will "wow" your family!
Pork Loin Ingredients
- 1 (3 lb) pork loin
- 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 teaspoons thyme
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons savory
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons marjoram
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
- 3 cloves peeled garlic
Currant Sauce Ingredients
- 1 cup red currant jelly or 1 cup black currant jelly
- 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
- Pork Loin Directions-------------.
- Set oven to 475 degrees.
- Pierce top of pork loin with sharp knife about every one or two inches, depending on your fondness for garlic (if there is a fatty layer, that would be the top side), Insert slivered garlic into the slits made by the knife.
- Combine mustard, thyme, savory, marjoram, salt and pepper to make a smooth paste.
- Spread all over pork loin, roll the loin in chopped parsley.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for at least one hour.
- Place on rack in shallow roasting pan.
- Roast in 475 degree oven for exactly 30 minutes.
- Pull loin out, and rest on countertop (uncovered) for exactly 30 minutes.
- (This step is very important! The loin will continue to cook internally as it rests at room temperature, and this creates a juicy loin).
- As the loin is resting, turn oven temperature down to 325 degrees.
- After the loin has rested, put it back in the oven (325 degrees), and bake for approx.
- 30- 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- Do not overcook!
- Let the loin rest uncovered for 15-20 minutes before slicing, the internal temperature will continue to climb even after taking the loin from the oven.
- (150-155 degrees) While the loin is resting, begin the currant sauce.
- Currant Sauce Directions-------------.
- Over medium heat, melt jam.
- Whisk in mustard, vinegar, and salt and pepper until smooth.
- Slice the loin very thinly, and pour a stream of currant sauce over the slices for presentation.
I'm giving this 5 stars for technique...a method I never would have thought of. Made this tonight and it was THE best pork I have ever prepared. I made certain modifications in the rub (used savory and sage and no mustard) and reduced time and temp because my pork roast was only 2#. But I cooked for 25 min at 450, let rest for 25 min, then roasted again for about 25 minutes or until an internal temp of 140 -- not even pink for all of those concerned -- but SO juicy even after resting perhaps 30 minutes. Next time I will take it out 5-10 minutes sooner. The currant sauce was just the right touch (tho I had to use half orange marmalade as my currant jelly was nearly gone. While it was resting I roasted chunks of butternut squash and onions tossed with olive oil at 350, reduced to 325 when I put the roast back in. Also served with stir fried rainbow swiss chard but any substantial greens would do and be a great counterpoint to this. THANK YOU for sharing your technique; I'll never cook a pork roast another way!
My family really enjoyed this. The pork was very juicy. Even though I followed the recipe the loin was undercooked and required more cooking time than was listed. No big deal.
I'm calling this my "triple header" review! Since I had a small 1 lb pork tenderloin, I used Jjortikka's (Pork Tenderloin) for the rub & cooking instructions with my own Currant Jelly (Currant Jelly) to make your sauce. It was absolutely delicious!