Garlic and Rosemary Mediterranean Pork Roast Recipe

Pork Roast
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  • 85 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 75 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings with leftovers

Too often a pork roast is dry and bland; this was true even back when I was growing up in the 60s and pork had a lot more natural flavor and juice than it does with today's lean, commercial breeds. The problem then and now is over-cooking - people were scared of trichinosis and thought overcooking it solved the problem, but this is a shibboleth (see note 1 below).

In this recipe, we pack the roast with garlic and rosemary, brown it in olive oil and then slow-roast it to a perfect medium.

What You'll Need

  • 2 - 2 1/2 lb. pork sirloin roast
  • 3 large garlic cloves; cut lengthwise into slivers
  • Leaves of one sprig of fresh rosemary (about 3 dozen leaves)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil​

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 250 F.
  2. Using a small sharp, pointed knife, cut 10 to 12 deep slits/pockets into the top of the roast. (The slits should be randomly spaced.)
  3. Stuff each slit with a sliver of garlic and a leaf or two of rosemary.
  4. Season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Once the oil is hot (you will see wisps of steam rising) add roast and brown well on all sides.
  1. Transfer roast to a rack in a small roasting pan, place in the center of oven, and cook until the internal temperature is 145 F (see note 2 below) - 60 to 70 minutes.
  2. Turn roast over at 30-minute mark.
  3. Place roast on a cutting board, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Slice and serve. The meat should be a very pale pink color.

I like it topped with a dollop of arugula pesto.

Note 1: Trichinosis is killed at about 132 degrees Farenheight.

Note 2: If you don't already have an instant-read thermometer, you need one. Don’t argue. Just get one.

Note 3: Although not necessary, I like to tie the roast before cooking it. Tying the roast makes the shape more uniform, so it cooks more evenly, and it also keeps the garlic and rosemary from falling out of the slits while browning.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 1603
Total Fat 97 g
Saturated Fat 32 g
Unsaturated Fat 48 g
Cholesterol 538 mg
Sodium 1,737 mg
Carbohydrates 24 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 151 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)