Sometimes life gets busy. Okay, okay – maybe a lot of the time. With three kids on three different basketball teams this winter my menu planning has reverted to quick and easy meals to put together. And at the beginning of my week, if I’m organized, I’ll dig out one of the pork roasts I have in the freezer so it can thaw and be ready for roasting later in the week.
Cooking a pork roast is a fairly simple task. At the very least, add a bay leaf and a little fresh ground pepper. Stick it in the oven to roast and forget about it until it’s done. This recipe is also a synch to put together. It takes a little time to cook, but there’s a lot of flavor here. We’re talking garlic, thyme, rosemary, sage, and paprika – mmm. . .mouth-watering. Serve it with some homemade applesauce and baked sweet potatoes and you have an elegant meal sure to satisfy those at the dinner table.
Don’t forget that pork can be a healthy addition to your daily diet. Sirloin pork roast is considered to be a lean meat with high quality protein. It’s a very good source of thiamin and vitamin B6, and a good source of niacin and riboflavin. It’s naturally low in sodium and calories. So if you’re looking for a healthy but full of flavor pork roast to try just look below for the recipe!
- 2 – 2½ lb. pork sirloin roast
- 3 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in half
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- 1 tsp. sage
- 2 tsp. thyme
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 1½ tsp. paprika
- ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
- 4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place pork roast in roasting pan and cut six small slits around the roast, about ½ in. in length. Gently push garlic into the slits. You could also cut the garlic into smaller chunks or slices, making more slits to equal the number of garlic pieces you have.
- In a small bowl mix together rosemary, sage, thyme, kosher salt, pepper, olive oil, and paprika until thoroughly combined.
- Rub the herb mixture over the entire roast.
- Put the roast, uncovered, into the oven and cook for about 1 to 1½ hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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