Thoughts For Food

Insights into the Mind of a Culinary School Student


Recipe: Roasted Pork Loin


Hello everyone and welcome to Recipe Week! It’s a week straight of recipes straight from my own Culinary Skills Notebook! So I hope you enjoy! We’re starting off big with one of my favorite recipes from the class: Roasted Pork Loin with Jus Lie Sauce.

Roast Pork Loin with Jus Lie Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 10 – 12 oz. Pork Loin
  • 10 oz. of Grapeseed Oil (or any neutral flavored oil)
  • 3 oz. of Quartered Onions
  • 1.5 oz each of Chopped Celery and Carrots
  • Cornstarch Slurry (2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch mixed in an equal amount of cool water)
  • 1 Pint of Chicken or Beef Stock
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Hardware:

  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Oven-safe Saute Pan
  • Oven-safe rack that can fit inside the Saute Pan
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Fine Mesh Strainer
  1. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Liberally season the Pork Loin with Salt and Pepper.  If the Pork Loin is cold, allow to sit and come to room temperature before continuing.
  3. Place the 10 oz. of oil into the saute pan and allow to heat up. When the oil shimmers, it’s ready.
  4. Sear the Loin on all sides until golden brown.
  5. When it’s done searing, transfer the loin to the rack briefly.
  6. Put the prepped mirepoix in the pan and then put the rack with Pork Loin on top of the veggies.
  7. Put the whole assembly int he oven and roast at 350 for 1 hour or until the internal temp of the pork hits 135 – 140 degrees.
  8. When the pork is ready, pull and rest the pork for 15 – 20 minutes.
  9. Strain off the excess fat from the saute pan and return to the cooktop on medium heat.
  10. Deglaze the pan with the stock, add any drippings that come from the pork loin as it rests and scrape the bottom of the pan with your whisk.
  11. Add the slurry until the desired thickness is reached (it should coat the back of a spoon easily).
  12. Strain out the veggies and any other solids and serve warm with the Pork.

Pork, done right, is one of the most flavorful things you can wrap your lips around. A good pork loin has all the flavor it will ever need right inside. All you need to do is season simply with salt and pepper. Don’t get too crazy or fancy with flavor augmentation, or else you’ll overwhelm the natural goodness of the pork itself. The sauce is the perfect accompaniment for the pork, seeing as how it’s flavor base stems from the meat drippings and the fond at the bottom of the pan. I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I hope you keep reading this week for more!

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Food Bites: Roasted Garlic


Hey guys! I had no idea where to file this entry because it’s both a bit of a discussions as well as a recipe, so enjoy either way!

A lot of foods and/or ingredients can benefit from a bit of culinary alteration, before being fiddled with (and yes, “fiddled” is a scientific term). No ingredient is a better example of this concept than garlic; that pungent member of the onion family, whose flavor and aroma are distinct and often, a kick in the teeth to those novice foodies and chefs. The smell gets on everything and when you cook them too long, they burn and become incredibly bitter and altogether unpleasant. So how do we avoid all these problems? Roast them….the garlic, that is.

Roasting garlic gives it a fantastic texture that is perfect for eating as-is or adding it to other food items. The flavor isn’t the kick-your-teeth-in kind of strong either. Instead, it’s deep, rich and even delicate at some points. It will really permeate throughout whatever dish you add them to. Also, because the texture is very smooth, they are much easier to work with than they are raw. So here you go!

Roasted Garlic

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Garlic (or how many ever heads you think you may need)
  • 3 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
  • A Pinch of Salt

Hardware:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Cutting Board
  1. Preheat your over to 400-degrees
  2. Cut off about 1/2 an inch off the top of the garlic head
  3. Peel away the outside “paper” of the garlic head, but leave the skin on the garlic cloves themselves intact
  4. Rub them down with the Olive Oil and season with the salt
  5. Wrap the whole thing up in the foil and bake for 30 minutes
  6. Let cool before handling/eating

You can either eat them by themselves or add them to other recipes. My personal favorite is Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes. That recipe will be up in the morning, because it’s a little after 1AM EST when I’m posting this and I need sleep. So stay tuned guys!