Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Roast Pork Loin with Roasted Vegetables

Tonight, called for something easy to make.  One of the easiest meals to make is a roast dinner.
The results make it taste and look like you spent all day cooking, but I won't tell anyone how little effort you really put into this meal.  It will be our little secret.

Roast Pork Loin with Roasted Vegetables

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

1 - 3lb  Boneless Pork Loin Roast
3-4   Potatoes, peeled and cut into halves or quarters depending on size
1 large onion, cut into eighths
Baby carrots - a few per person
Asparagus - fresh or frozen 
Olive Oil
1 tspn or to taste of Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper
1 tspn or to taste of Thyme

Lightly grease the bottom of your roasting pan with olive oil.  I use the bottom of my broiler pan for roasts.  Put your roast in the pan, fat side up.  The fat will run down and baste the meat as it cooks.
Place the onions, potatoes and carrots into a bowl and drizzle some olive oil over them.  Toss them gently with your hands until they are well coated with the olive oil, then place them around the roast.  Sprinkle the roast and vegetables with garlic powder, salt, pepper and thyme.

Boneless pork loin in lightly oiled pan with vegetables and seasonings

Pop the roast into the 400 degree oven.  We're going to sear the pork to seal the juices in and give the outside a bit of a nice crispiness.  Set your timer for 10 minutes.  When the 10 minutes is up, turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees.  

Continue to cook for another 30 minutes then take the roast out of the oven  and turn the vegetables and add your asparagus.   Drizzle a little more olive oil over the asparagus and a little on the pork.

Add your asparagus to your roasting pan

Put the pork back into the oven and continue cooking for 40 minutes.  Go and relax, play with the kids, watch tv, spend time with your significant other.  Pork usually takes 20 minutes a pound, but it will cook more slowly with the vegetables surrounding it, so we add an extra 20 minutes.

Remove the roast pork and vegetables from the oven.


Roast boneless pork loin with roasted vegetables.  Delicious!


 Happy May Day!

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