Sunday, December 23, 2012

Seasoning a Pork Roast (Italian Porketta Sandwiches) In the oven orCrockpot? You choose

Great mini porketta sandwiches.  Game day! or anyday! Yummy!

Another of my Dad's Favorite's and yes again we can thank my mother-in-law for her original recipe.  When Mom would make her version it would always be served as a side with pasta.  Great family recipe!  The illustration is how mom would season her pork butt roast.  She is the one who taught me to make the slit down the center for easy seasoning.

I first learned how to season a pork roast from my mother in law.!!  She would make this recipe for all special occasions; whether it was a graduation, shower or the holidays. 

This well seasoned piece of pork added so much to our traditional Italian meal..  She would cook it covered in the oven with a little water and when it was cooked thoroughly she would shred it and pile it high on a fresh crusty roll.  (They had a bread bakery 3 houses down from theirs).  How lucky they were?  Fresh bread and rolls all the time.  When my mom would make this roast she mostly served it with her pasta and any leftovers we'd make sandwiches and add some sweet relish on top.  One great yummy sandwich!.  I make it both ways.  This seasoned pork is great either way!  Try it this holiday!!  They'll keep asking for it I am sure.

Here are some easy steps to making a porketta:

 This recipe of my mother-in-laws has been around for ages and quite honestly it has gotten the most reviews and every time I re-post someone new grabs onto it and shares.  It is wonderful and makes the most tender,tasty and handy grab and go sandwiches.  Here goes:

Buy a 3#+or so Pork Loin or Pork Butt(I like the loin) it is a little leaner but my mom and mother in law used the Butt piece.

1. Pork butt or loin approx. 3 or more lbs.
2. Dill weed
3. salt
4. pepper
5. garlic
6.canola or olive oil

On a large piece of  wax paper place 3+ or more tsp. salt , 3+ or more tsp. pepper and 3 +or more tsp. dried dill weed.(you'll find it in the spice section).  We like heavy seasoning so I add a bit more to my roast.

Note:  the plus is in reference to the size of your roast.

Mix all seasonings together on a large piece of wax paper. Place Pork Roast in center.  Make a slit in the center of the roast about 1/4 in down.  Place 4 cloves garlic in slit.  Roll Pork Roast all over the seasoning making sure to cover the whole roast with the seasoning.  (You may have some left on wax paper and that is OK).  Place 1/4 cup canola or olive oil in roasting pan and add seasoned roast. Sear on all sides. Place in roasting pan with approximately 1 cup water and cover. Place in center of oven a bake approximately 2 to 3 hours or until it pulls apart. Remove from oven allow to cool slightly. Add some water to pan and scrape all sides and bottom. Top roast with drippings, slice and serve with pasta or shred for sandwiches.

Try it in your Crockpot: Sear your roast first on both sides in a little olive oil. Then in your crockpot place approximately 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups water.  Add seasoned roast. Secure.   Set dial to low and cook approximately 5 to 6 hours.  If you want it to be done quicker set crockpot to high and it should be done approximately two hours earlier. Test roast with a fork. If it pulls apart or slices easily it is done.  When done remove, let cool slightly and roast should pull apart. There should be plenty of liquid but add a little water if necessary (to pan and scrap drippings and add to shredded pork).  It will keep the pork moist and add all those yummy flavors to your pork).

  **Most times if I have a chance I wrap the roast in clear plastic wrap the night before I am going to bake to help seal in the flavors into the pork. It's almost like an overnight marinade.

Oven Method:  Bake covered 350 degrees for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until roast pulls apart with fork. Check periodically to see if a little water may be needed.  Shred for sandwiches or use as a side with Spaghetti..  A true Italian delicacy.  Bon Appetite!

Happy Cooking from my kitchen to yours,

Easy to season

Basic ingredients.
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