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Roast Pork Loin

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Recipe

Puerco Asado

Traditionally, a whole roast suckling pig is served for family gatherings on Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), but for today’s smaller families, a roast loin of pork prepared in the same traditional way is just as festive and a bit more manageable.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (2½- to 3-pound) boneless center cut pork loin roast
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (optional)
  • ½ cup fresh bitter orange juice, or ¼ cup regular orange and 1.4 cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ to 1 cup dry sherry or dry white wine
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thick rings
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)

Directions

Pierce the roast all over with the tip of sharp paring knife to a depth of about ½ inch to allow the seasonings to penetrate the meat.

Crush the garlic in a garlic press into a small mixing bowl. Add the salt, oregano, cumin, and pepper and mash together with fork to make a paste. Place the roast in a nonreactive baking dish. Rub the roast well with the paste and add the bitter orange juice and ½ cup sherry. Sprinkle the onion rings over the top. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate, refrigerated, for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. Turn the roast once or twice while marinating.

When ready to roast, preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the roast from the marinade and pat dry; reserve the marinade and onion. Place it in a Dutch oven or roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. Roast for 20 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 325°F. and add the marinade and onion. Continue to cook, basting every 15 minutes with the pan juices, until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 175°F., 40 to 50 minutes. If the pan juices begin to dry up, add up to ½ cup additional sherry and a little water, if needed. Remove the roast from the oven and let it rest, loosely covered with foil, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, add 1 cup water to the roasting pan and stir to loosen any browned bits. Bring to a boil on top of the stove and cook, stirring, until the juices have reduced to about ½ cup. Slice the pork thinly and serve it with the onion and pan sauce. For a richer pan sauce, swirl the butter into the juices just before serving.


© 2006 Beverly Cox
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

This recipe serves 6. Nutritional information is based on using a 2 1/2 lb boneless center cut pork loin roast and 1/2 cup of dry white wine.

441kcal (22%)
38mg (4%)
14mg (23%)
3mcg RAE (0%)
833mg
46mg
38g
3g
1g
7g
113mg (38%)
1245mg (52%)
9g (46%)
27g (41%)
2mg (9%)
 

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