Roast Pork: A Scrumptious Dinner Menu

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If you're a fan of roast pork, you'll love this complete dinner menu featuring six different components. First, you can expect a boneless roast pork loin that's juicy, tender, and perfectly flavored with thyme and garlic. Even veggies have their moment in this course—the scalloped carrots are inspired by a Wisconsin cheese recipe contest that leaves the carrots delicate, the cheese sauce smooth and seasoned, and the topping brown and crunchy for that sweet finish. Simply add a flavorful raw spinach salad, pesto torte, crisp bread dish, and dessert to complete the full flavor profile.

The Scrumptious Roast Pork Dinner Menu

The pesto torte is a simple appetizer that works perfectly on special occasions and around the holidays. Serve this beautiful and delicious torte with some crisp, whole wheat water crackers. If rose wine is up your alley, pair it with the torte as a nice start to your dinner. Fans of sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, and pesto will enjoy this dish. Those wanting a substitute for some of the ingredients can consider sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and red bell pepper strips.

Roast pork is enjoyed on many Sunday dinners with friends and family, and the days to come after that when there are leftovers. Regina's roast pork loin recipe calls for boneless pork loins, fresh herbs, olive oil, and unique seasonings. Focusing on the centerpiece of the meal is crucial when it comes to flavor. Marinate the roast pork in the fridge for up to 24 hours, allowing the recipe to be conveniently made the day before.

Add Delicious Sides

Most families tend to serve their roast pork dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, and biscuits. For a change, consider pairing your roast pork with side dishes like scalloped carrots, spinach salad, and French bread. In fact, scalloped carrots are a complimentary side to the roast pork. They act as a great replacement for the trendy and traditional scalloped potatoes.

You can also add a baby spinach salad, which is a great add-on to any roast pork meal. Throw in some sweet strawberries and a cinnamon-scented dressing for a special kick, and you'll be coming back for more.

Of course, nothing pairs better with a healthy and green salad than pure carbs. Make some delicious French bread ahead of time and simply reheat before serving in a 350-degree oven. To crisp the bread just right, wrap it in foil and keep the top open for 10-15 minutes. Then, cut the bread into decent slices, pile them in a napkin-covered basket, and serve with soft sweet butter.

End the Meal With Decadence

There's only one way to end a hearty meal: with a hearty slice of cake. This chocolate fudge cake recipe only takes about an hour to make and will have chocoholics begging for more. With devil's food cake mix, semisweet chocolates, and heavy cream—the pastry chef is sure to have fun baking. This cake, perfect for chocolate lovers, starts with a two-layer mix and ends up with a one layer rich cake. With a velvety ganache surrounding, guests are bound to fall in love with every bite. Piece of cake.