roasted pork loin

I made this last Sunday for Easter.  This is my mother’s recipe and it is SO delicious.  Cooking something like a pork loin may seem intimidating, but you’ll be surprised by how easy it is.  This is another dish that requires little work but impresses friends and family (and tummies!) every time!

Ingredients

1 whole boneless pork loin
3 finely minced garlic cloves
3 tbs finely minced onion
2 tbs salt
3 tbs black pepper
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbs vegetable oil

  1. Remove the pork loin from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to preparing.
  2. Rinse the pork loin and pat dry.
  3. Use a small knife to puncture the pork loin in 5 places.  You want to create a tiny opening you can insert seasoning into with your finger.  You do not need to carve out any meat, just create a slit that runs about 3/4 of the way through to the bottom of the loin.
  4. Mix the garlic and onion together in a small bowl until thoroughly blended.
  5. In a second small bowl, mix the salt, pepper and sugar together until thoroughly blended.
  6. Using the spice blend first, take small pinches and push them into the slits that you just created.  Follow with the minced onion and garlic.
  7. Use the remaining spice blend to coat the exterior of the loin.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and add oil.
  9. When the oil begins to shimmer, put the pork in the skillet.  Sear each side of the loin.  You aren’t cooking it, just leaving it in the pan long enough to get a rich brown color on the outside.
  10. Place the loin on a cookie sheet or oven-safe dish, lay a piece of foil over the top (don’t pinch it closed around the sides, you’re just protecting the top from direct exposure to the heat element of your oven).
  11. Roast for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees.  Remove from oven, cover loosely with foil and lest rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  12. Leave a comment telling me how AWESOME your roast turned out!

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