I love pork. Anything to do with the pig is usually going to end up tasting great. I borrowed most of this recipe from Gordon Ramsay's Sunday Lunch cookbook. I was extremely pleased with the end results and my dinner guests seemed to enjoy it as well.
Ingredients for the Pork:
3-5 Pound Pork Rib Roast
Zest of one Lemon
3-5 Cloves of Garlic (I always prefer more garlic in anything I cook)
Fresh Parsley (Chopped)
3-4 Sage Leaves ( I chopped them)
Salt and Pepper
3-5 Whole Carrots
Half a bag of Red Potatoes
1/4 Knob of Butter
Salt and Pepper
I decided to use a rib roast rather than a loin for two different reasons. Firstly, I think when roasting any cut of meat, having the bone in will always provide a superior flavor than without it. Second, the ribs make packing in the seasoning into each individual pocket nice and easy.
To start, chop up the fresh herbs and garlic, and combine them with the lemon zest.
Pack this mixture into the cavities of the rib roast and rub into the pork liberally. I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the roast with the herbs rubbed into it, but this was for a dinner party, schedules are tight!
Scour the skin side of the roast in a checkered pattern, then pat it dry with paper towel, rub with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap the whole roast up tight with kitchen twine. I happened to be out of kitchen twine on this night so I just used some thick sewing thread. I have even read accounts of people using dental floss to tie their meat, just so long as it was unflavored.
Lay out the roast in a large roasting pan skin side up.
Crank up the oven to 500 F and let the skin get nice and crispy on the outside. I let mine go for about 17 minutes at this temp.
Take the oven heat down to 350F and continue to roast. I highly recommend using a remote cooking thermometer as it gives a great deal of insight on both the internal temperature of your meat and how to balance the timing of your side dishes. I set my thermometer to have the pork at an internal temp of about 160F as i didn't want it to dry out. I worked out the total cooking time to about 72 minutes, as the pork needed about 15-20 minutes per pound.
Quarter the red potatoes and cover them with salt, pepper, and another nice drizzle of olive oil. Add the potatoes to the pork's roasting pan when the meat has about 45 minutes left to cook.
When the pork has reached it's ideal temperature, remove it from the oven, cover it in foil, and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
While the pork is resting, get to work on your veggies. I left my potatoes in for a little longer than originally anticipated just to get them a little crisper all over.
Boil the carrots until they are soft to the fork. Once they are ready add them along with the butter to a sautee pan. Continously ladle the melted butter over the carrots while they are in the pan. At the last second, add a healthy squeeze of the plum sauce and give them a final toss.
Plate and enjoy!