Easy Peasy Oven Pork Roast!
History: Pork is the culinary name for meat from the domestic pig (Sus domesticus), which is eaten in many countries. The word pork denotes specifically the fresh meat of the pig, but it is often mistakenly used as an all-inclusive term which includes cured, smoked, or processed meats (ham, bacon, prosciutto, etc.) It is one of the most-commonly consumed meats worldwide, with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC.
Pork is eaten in various forms, including cooked (as roast pork), cured (some hams, including the Italian prosciutto) or smoked or a combination of these methods (other hams, gammon, bacon or Pancetta). It is also a common ingredient of sausages. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, many from pork. Pork is a taboo food item in Islam and Judaism, and its consumption is forbidden in these two religions. (Source)
Why it’s awesome: It’s delicious and is the other white meat! It’s fat is not as bad for you as beef or chicken fat so leaving some on for flavor usually is more of a win-win situation than if you do so for roast beef or roasted chicken.
Ingredients & Portions:
- 1 pork roast or crown roast
- 4 small eggplants
- 12 small potatoes
- 1-2 large yams or sweet potatoes (I over did it in my recipe)
- 3-4 tomatoes
- 3-4 basil leaves
- 2-4 celery stalks
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- spice mix (mine consisted of, 2 parts mustard powder, 1 part salt, chili flakes & dried rosemary)
- sea salt
- olive oil
Servings: Depending on the size of your roast. This one was about 2.5 lbs and we yielded approximately 8 to 10 portions not including the accompaniment or side dish that was prepared alongside it.
Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lightly coat your pork roast with your spice mix.
- Place your celery stalks on your pan, in between you should also place your garlic in between your stalks of celery. What you are trying to do is create a bed where the roast will sit.
- Slice your eggplants in half. Then score them down the middle. Salt them heavily and let sit for 3o minutes. The reason for this is to extract most of the water from the eggplants so they roast properly. You will need to rinse off most of the salt from the eggplant when you are ready to lay them out in the pan.
- Peel your potatoes and yams then cut them into small pieces so that they cook in about the same time as your roast. Lay them out in a pan.
- Dice your tomatoes and and chop your basil leaves. Mix them together in a bowl with a large amount of olive oil, and sea salt. The mix should taste very salty. The reason being is that they will be used to season and garnish the potatoes, yams and eggplants.
- Garnish your potatoes, yams and eggplants with the tomato and basil mix. Putting generous amounts specifically on the eggplants.
Now just put your pans in the oven and let them roast!
Cook time & Directions:
This size roast took a little over 2 hours, a good rule of thumb is 30 minutes for every 1 lb of meat. The accompaniment will usually take the same amount of time.
Nutritional Benefits: Barring any unforseen or uncontrollable circumstances like growth hormones in the meat. The rest is quite simply very healthy. Chili flakes give a good health boost because they contains capsaicin, whose anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects may lower the risk of cancer. Eggplant is an excellent source of dietary fiber. It’s a very good source of vitamins B1, B6 and potassium. It is also a good source of copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, and folic acid. Tomatoes are also high in antioxidants due to its Lycopene content. Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases. Yams provide a very good source of potassium and fiber. They also offer a good source of vitamins B1, B6, and C. In addition, yams are a good source of manganese and carbohydrates.
The list goes on with this meal just eat in moderation, keep the salt content and oil to a minimum and you should be eating very healthy with this meal!