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Pork Loin With a Rosemary Garlic Smear Wrapped in Pancetta

Oh my! This is super simple and an impressive supper. Get your Junior Chef to help wrap the pork in pancetta. Their little fingers are perfect for holding the string to tie it up.

December 2nd, 2015

By LeeAnne Wright

If you don't feel like making a turkey this year, don't fret. This pork loin will have everyone ooh-ing and ahh-ing over it they won't even notice the lack of bird on the table. Bonus: serve the tasty leftovers in sandwiches the next day.
6 + leftovers
Prep Time
Prep time: 15 minutes, On the table: 75 minutes
  • 1 head garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3-lbboneless centre-cut pork loin roast salt and pepper
  • 12 pieces thinly sliced pancetta
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water kitchen twine
  1. Mix the garlic, rosemary, thyme and oil in a small bowl.

  2. Cut the pork lengthwise, leaving a 1" border (think the spine of a book). Open the pork up and lay flat. Season the inside of the pork with generous amounts of salt and pepper. Smear about half the garlic herb paste inside the cut. Reassemble pork.

  3. Season outside of pork and smear with remaining paste. Set pork fat-side down on work surface on top of lengths of kitchen twine. Top with pancetta slices, overlapping slightly to cover. Tie with twine.

  4. It is best to cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or longer to develop flavours.

  5. Preheat the oven to 400-deg. F.

  6. Set pork on a roasting rack in a pan filled with 1 cup of chicken stock. Add remaining cup of stock when it evaporates. Roast 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 145-deg. F.

  7. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour the drippings from pan into a bowl and separate off fat.

  8. Remove twine and cut the pork into thick slices. Serve with the pan juices.

  9. Skillet meatless shepherd's pie with crispy hash brown crust

  10. Chicken under a brick

  11. Mac & cheese with a french toast topping

  12. Crunchy oven-fried catfish with sweet potato fries

Nutrients Per Serving

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: 309 calories, 17 g fat, 39 mg calcium, 794 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 35 g protein. Good source of vitamin A. Excellent source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and zinc; good source of riboflavin.

Pork Loin With a Rosemary Garlic Smear Wrapped in Pancetta
Photography by James Tse

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