Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Roast Pork Loin with Linguisa

Trust me.  This roast is so easy and so good.  My mother-in-law learned this dish from her good friend Brian, who grew up in Fall River, MA.  Fall River is well known for its Portuguese population, and of course, Emeril Lagasse.

Linguisa is Portuguese smoked sausage.  Like chorizo and kielbasa, it's packed with flavor.  It takes a bland roast and makes it taste fantastic, with no work.  And the gravy? To die for.

This is a great dinner party dish.  No fuss and you'll still look like a rock star.

Roast Pork Loin with Linguisa

1 pork loin, 3 to 3 1/2 lbs.
1 16 oz. package of linguisa, cut into 3 links of the same size.
Salt and pepper

Flour to make gravy

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Butterfly pork loin. My mother-in-law does this by making a T-cut.  She make 1 cut 2/3rds through the roast and then make the smaller cuts horizontally on each side.

Put linguisa in the center of the T and roll the pork around it.  Secure with twine or over proof silicone rubber bands.

Salt and pepper the roast.

Put pork on a rack in a roasting pan and roast in the oven until the pork reached 150 degrees, about 1 hour.  Ideally, your roasting pan is the kind that can be put on direct heat over the stove, so you can make gravy afterwards.

Let rest for 15 minutes.  While the pork is resting, make gravy from the drippings.

Take roasting pan and put it over medium heat.  Scrape the drippings from the bottom of the pan.  Sprinkle flour and mix it into the drippings to make a paste. You'll sprinkle about the same amount of flour as there are drippings -- you'll just have to eyeball it.  Cook together for a few minutes to cook out any floury taste.  Slowly add water, whisking into the flour paste.  Add the water little by little so your gravy doesn't get lumpy.  Add enough water to make a gravy with the consistency you like.  Salt and pepper to season.  Strain and serve with the pork.


La Table De Nana said...

How different! It must be good..It's a surprise package:)

Melanie said...

Oh my, that does look beautiful and tasty! I've never seen/heard of silicone rubber bands, so now I'm on a mission to find them! I always love finding reusable items.

Barbara Bakes said...

This is definitely beautiful food! It sounds delicious too.

Trisha said...

Oh my goodness this is a photo of pure culinary delight!!! This looks absolutely fantastic!

Charley29 said...

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