Recipe by Irmgard
I am posting this recipe by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich by request of one of the members of the Italian cooking forum. It is a traditional Italian pork roast that is usually served for Christmas dinner but I would make it anytime as I love pork!
- 1⁄2 cup fresh rosemary leaf, plus
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 10 cloves garlic
- 16 fresh sage leaves
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 3 1⁄2 lbs boneless pork loin (preferably with the tail intact)
- 1 bay leaf
- fresh ground black pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Put 1/2 cup rosemary leaves, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, 5 garlic cloves, 8 sage leaves and 1 teaspoon of salt into a food processor bowl.
- Process until you have a fairly smooth paste.
- Lay out the pork loin fat side down.
- Cut along the top side of the"tail" and into the eye of the roast.
- Continue cutting in a sawing motion, unrolling the loin into a rectangle of more or less even thickness.
- Spread the entire top surface of the pork evenly with the herb paste.
- Starting with the side opposite the tail, roll the roast into a compact roll with a spiral of herb filling running through it.
- Tie the roast at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine.
- Season generously with salt and pepper.
- Set the meat into a round 5-quart casserole dish.
- Add the remaining rosemary sprigs, sage leaves, garlic and bay leaf.
- Pour in just enough water to cover the meat.
- Season the water lightly with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook, turning the meat occasionally, until almost all of the water has evaporated and the meat begins to stick to the casserole, about 2 hours.
- Skim any foam off of the surface as needed.
- Pour off the fat remaining in the braising pan and pour in the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
- Adjust the heat to very low.
- Cook, turning often, until the pork has a caramelized golden brown crust, 15 to 30 minutes.
- Let the meat rest for 20 minutes and then slice into 1/4" thick slices.