Tuscan Rolled Roast Pork
  • lemon
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast, trimmed and butterfly cut (flattened)
  • 2 ounces pancetta (chopped coarsely)
  1. Grate the zest from one lemon. Cut in half and set aside.
  2. Cook lemon zest, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in a nonstick skillet until the garlic is sizzling, about 2 - 3 minutes.
  3. Add the rosemary and thyme and cook for an additional 30-60 seconds.
  4. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the oil from the mixture. Save the oil for later!
  5. Process the pancetta in a food processor until it forms a paste.
  6. Add the garlic and rosemary mixture to the pancetta paste and process until smooth.
  7. Lay your roast out flat in front of you. It should be butterfly cut. (See link above if needed.)
  8. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of salt.
  9. Spread the paste that you have made evenly over the roast, leaving about a ¼ inch border on all sides.
  10. Roll the roast and tie it with twine. (See pictures above.)
  11. Set the roast on a cooling rack inside of a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate for one hour.
  12. Heat the oven to 275 degrees and roast until the center of the meat is 140-145 degrees on an instant read thermometer.
  13. Remove from oven and allow the roast to rest for 20 minutes, tented with aluminum foil.
  14. Heat 1 teaspoon of the reserved oil in a nonstick skillet and sautee the reserved lemon halves cut side down until browned, 3 - 4 minutes. Place them on a plate.
  15. Heat an additional 2 teaspoons of the reserved oil and brown the roast on all sides, 2 - 3 minutes per side.
  16. Transfer roast to a carving board and cut the twine.
  17. Juice the browned lemon halves and add to the remaining reserved oil to make a vinaigrette.
  18. Slice the roast into ¼ inch slices and serve. Top with the vinaigrette for extra flavor.
Recipe by Bombshell Bling at https://www.bombshellbling.com/tuscan-rolled-roast-pork/