Friday, January 22, 2010

Pork Roast stuffed with Carmelized Onions & Herbs

When my kids come back from their dad's, I always have this overwhelming urge to nurture them with real food. Not that chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, pizza, & sugary cereal aren't their dream foods... Not on my watch! This was dinner the other night.

First, carmelize some onions in some butter and a couple Tbs. of brown sugar.
Meanwhile, open up an unrolled pork roast so that it lays flat. Sprinkle with garlic salt & pepper & some chopped rosemary and parsley. Then layer on the onions.
Roll up & tie with kitchen string.

Brown on all sides on the stove top in a pot. My mom got me a cast iron pot for Christmas (shown at left). I love it and I have used it almost every day. It's great because it holds temperature great, has a lid and can go from the stove to the oven, which is where it goes after the roast is browned.

Oh! But first, toss some carrots into the bottom of the pot and pour over about a cup of water.

I put it in at about 350 for about a half hour. But my oven is a fossil, so don't hold me to that temp. Make sure you let it rest a while before removing string & slicing. While it rests, put the pot back onto the stove and add about 2 cups of the water from the potatoes that you surely have been cooking for mashed potatoes. Deglaze the bottom of the pot and then add about 3 Tbs of cornstarch to 3 Tbs of water and add to pot. Stir until thickened and voila! You have a perfect gravy.

My children gobbled everything up, which always makes me SO happy to see them eating something they love, and makes me feel like I am doing my part to nourish their bodies & their souls.

Quote of the Day:
"Most people get off on watching porn, I get off on watching men chop pork" ~Anthony Bourdain


  1. Lucky kids to come home to such a delicious meal!

  2. Ok now I feel bad about pizza. But Friday is Pizza night damit

  3. Tell me the particulars on that cast iron sounds like I need one of those!

  4. ...also, is it really only half an hour in the oven? I've never done a pork roast before.

  5. Photoworkshop - Pizza doesn't count - I'm an addict! Next to sandwiches, it's probably the perfect food. And if you make it yourself.....

    Melinda - The pot is a dream. It weighs about a million and a half pounds. It has an enamel coating, so it comes in cool colors (cute is important!). It's one of those that the Food Network folks are always using... As for the time 1st of all, it was a pretty small roast, and second -my oven is a pink GE oven circa, maybe 1950 so I never really know what's going on with it. But it is cute!