Wednesday, February 3, 2010

How to Cook Pork Loin

Many people just learning to cook are very hesitant to cook a large piece of meat.  It seems so intemidating!    Well, it dosen't need to be, at all.  This pork loin is a great place to begin.  Pork tenderloin is a versitile and simple dish to prepare.  It has very little fat and no bone.  A 1 1/2 pound tenderloin will serve 5 or 6 people.

All you need to cook this roast is some olive oil, garlic and some dried herbs.  You will rub these all over the roast and put it in the oven.  That is it.  I have also included a recipe for a sauce I like to serve with my tenderloin.

Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin

1 (5) pound boneless pork loin
Olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon sage
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon ground thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstartch
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
4 tablespoons soy sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Rub the tenderloin with olive oil.
  • In a bowl, combine garlic, sage, thyme, rosemary oregano, salt and pepper.  Rub thoroughly all over pork.  Place pork in an uncovered roasting pan and place on the middle oven rack.

Bake in the preheated oven approximately 3 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 150 degrees, depending upon your desired doneness.

  • Meanwhile, place sugar, cornstartch, vinegar, water, and soy sauce in a small saucepan.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to bubble and thicken.  Brush roast with glaze 3 or 4 times during the last 1/2 hour of cooking.  Pour remaining glaze over roast, and serve.

Enjoy and have a blessed day!

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