Porchetta: Stuffed and Rolled Italian Pork Roast

Rolled Porchetta on platter
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Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 40 mins
Total: 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1225 Calories
79g Fat
7g Carbs
114g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 1225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 79g 102%
Saturated Fat 27g 136%
Cholesterol 397mg 132%
Sodium 414mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 114g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 167mg 13%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1450mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Porchetta (pronounced "pore-KET-ah" or "pore-KET-tah") is a famous Italian dish of stuffed boneless and butterflied pork shoulder that is wrapped and roasted in pork belly, which crisps up and releases delicious juices when the porchetta is sliced. This recipe uses pork loin in place of the shoulder since it holds together and makes slicing easier. It's best to prepare the porchetta the day before (without cooking) and refrigerate it overnight, allowing the pork belly to dry so it's extra crispy when roasted.

Ask your butcher to butterfly the pork loin so it lays out flat with a 1-inch thickness. If you don't have a butcher, you can easily do it yourself. Cut the pork down the center, lengthwise, stopping 1 inch from the opposite side, opening the flap like a book as you cut. The butterflied pork loin should lay flat.

Serve the sliced porchetta with roasted fingerling potatoes and a green vegetable, such as green beans or Brussels sprouts.

Ingredients

  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) boneless pork loin, butterflied and pounded 1-inch thick

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 medium fennel bulb

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seed

  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 1 (5-pound) piece skin-on pork belly

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Spread out the loin so it's flat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Chop off the top of the fennel bulb and save the fuzzy fronds. Quarter the bulb then slice very thinly. Finely chop the fronds.​

  4. In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and add the sliced fennel bulb, onion, garlic, fennel seeds, pepper flakes, and rosemary. Sauté about 8 minutes until lightly browned.

  5. Add the ground pork to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until it is no longer pink.​ Add the reserved fennel fronds. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust the seasoning as needed. Transfer to a mixing bowl and allow to cool.

  6. Add the panko, beaten egg, and lemon zest to the cooked pork mixture.​

  7. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 F.

    Lay the pork belly, skin-side down, on a work surface. Use a sharp paring knife to score a cross-hatch pattern into the belly. This enables the extra fat to be rendered and allows the skin to crisp.

  8. Turn the belly over, skin-side up, and pierce small slits all over. Use a meat tenderizer to pound the pork belly all over.

  9. Lay the flat pork loin on top of the pork belly. Spread the browned ground pork mixture evenly over the pork loin.

  10. Roll the belly and loin together like a jelly roll. Tie with butcher's twine at intervals to hold it all together.

  11. Liberally season the porchetta with salt and pepper and set it on a rack in a roasting pan or a rimmed baking sheet.

  12. Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 F on an instant-read thermometer. If the porchetta skin is not yet browned, increase the oven temperature to 500 F and roast 10 more minutes.​

  13. Let the porchetta rest 20 minutes, then carve into slices and serve.

Tip

You can refrigerate the porchetta, uncovered, overnight.​ Allow it to come to room temperature for 2 hours before roasting.​

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