Stuffed Pork Roast
3-4 pound pork roast
1 small onion minced
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp basil
dash of pepperoncini (red pepper flakes)
3/4ish stick of butter
First thing you want to do is butterfly the roast. To butterfly, place roast fat side up on a cutting board. Half the roast, but not all the way through, so that it opens like a book and lays flat. After you open up the roast, place wax paper on top of the roast and pound it to 1/2 inch thickness. This will take some time and you need to practice your technique so that you don't pulverize and mash the roast to pieces.
Once you have flattened the roast, you need to make a butter paste. Take about 1/2 stick of butter and your seasonings, garlic and onion and combine with a fork or a mortar and pestle. You basically want an herbed butter.
Rub this mixture liberally all over the interior of the butterfly. Make sure it is evenly spread.
After you have done this, you need to take the end that does not have the fat attached to it and begin to roll it up, as you would a jelly roll. Secure the roast closed with either toothpicks or cooking string.
Take the remaining un-herbed butter and rub the entire roast liberally. Place FAT SIDE UP in a buttered baking dish and season with a little salt, a liberal amount of black pepper and some basil.
Place roast uncovered in a 475 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375 and bake for about 30 minutes. For the remaining time, cover with tin foil tightly.
*IMPORTANT* Ovens vary. In order to cook a perfect pork roast that is not dried out, you always want to check the temperature. Once the interior of the thickest portion of your roast reaches 150 degrees, you want to remove it. ALWAYS LET YOUR ROAST REST!!! When you take the roast out of the oven, keep it covered with foil for at least 10 minutes before you slice it. This allows the juices to redistribute and keep your roast juicy.
If you have been successful, your roast should resemble these pictures:
If you are a gravy person, here is a delicious gravy to go with your roast.
2 cups of chicken stock
2 TBL of butter
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Tsp dried basil
Drippings from roast pan
Wondra Gold Medal flour
Heat chicken stock, drippings, butter and basil til bubbly. Whisk in Wondra flour until it is a consistency you like. Remove from heat and salt to taste. Place through a strainer to remove lumps, and you have the perfect pork gravy to go with your stuffed pork roast.
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