A fresh herb and garlic stuffing, crispy crust from a hot oven… Heaven!

Porchetta

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Ingredients

  • 2-pound pork loin. Have your butcher butterfly it to about ½ inch uniform thickness.

For the paste filling

  • The leaves of 1 branch of fresh rosemary. Remove the leaves from the stem. Only use the leaves.
  • 6 leaves of fresh sage
  • 12 fresh flat Italian parsley leaves
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

For the roasting dish

  • 1 fresh rosemary branch, remove the leaves from the stem and only use the leaves
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 sprigs of parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO}
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Finely mince the herbs and the garlic. Place in a small bowl. Add the EVOO and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Roll out the butterflied pork loin. Evenly spread the herb/garlic paste to cover the entire surface of the loin. Don’t go too close to the long sides, leave about a 1/2 inch border. Tightly roll up the pork loin. Tie with string to keep the paste from leaking out and to maintain the shape of the pork loin roast. Rub the outside of the roast all over with some EVOO.  Sprinkle sea salt and black pepper all over the outside of the roast.
  3. In a roasting dish or pan, put the herbs and garlic to form a bed for the roast. Place the pork loin on top of the herb garlic bed. Pour in the wine and water and drizzle the liquids with EVOO.
  4. Put the pan on the middle shelf of the oven pre-heated to 425 degrees. Roast for about 15-20 minutes or until a golden crust starts to form on the roast. Reduce heat to 375 degrees and roast until the internal temperature of the roast is 145 degrees. Take the roast out of the oven and let it rest. The temperature of the roast will continue to rise to about 160 degrees.
  5. Pour the liquid in the roasting pan into a small pan. Use a wire mesh to catch the herbs and garlic. Skim out any fat on the surface. Simmer the sauce on a low flame.
  6. Slice the porchetta into ½ inch slices, top with some of the warm au jus or pan gravy and serve.

Cipollini en Agrodolce

I only cooked 3 onions in the demonstration. Here’s my usual recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cipollini onions peeled. (These are the flat Italian onions. If unavailable use pearl onions or shallots.)
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter (use a couple of tablespoons of EVO instead if you wish)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon or so of sugar. (1/4 cup of red wine vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey can be substituted for the balsamic and sugar.)

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil, add onions, reduce to a simmer, cook until onions are knife tender, about 15 minutes. Drain onions well.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt butter and then put in the onions and coat entirely with butter. Season with salt. Toss onions frequently until carmelized, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the vinegar into the skillet and sprinkle the sugar over the onions. Bring vinegar to a boil tossing the onions until the sugar dissolves and the sauce thickens a bit.
  4. Serve hot or at room temperature. You can store these onions in the refrigerator for about a week. You can serve these treats as a vegetable with roasted sausage or other meats or to accompany salumi and cheeses in an antipasto. They’re very versatile and good to keep around.

Roasted Potatoes with Truffle Oil

Pre-heat the oven to 425.

Ingredients

  • 5 Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1-tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Drizzle of truffle oil (I use an extra virgin olive oil infused with black truffle (tartufo nero)

Cooking Directions

  1. Microwave the potatoes on high for 75 seconds. (This allows the potatoes to roast more quickly in the oven.) Quarter the potato and cut into 1 ½ inch slices. Put the potatoes into a baking dish. Add the EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Mix to coat the potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Put the baking dish on the oven middle rack and roast until the potatoes form a golden crust on the outside, about 15-20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the potatoes with about 10 drops of the truffle oil. Don’t use too much, the truffle oil has a powerful flavor.
  3. Serve immediately.