What a beautiful spring day today was, just a little windy, but other than that simply perfect! I was fortunate enough to spend the morning with my Mother taking her to church for Easter services, there weren’t too many places open to eat but we finely found a little diner opened and enjoyed breakfast together. I do cherish these times I have with my mother, especially around the holidays, she’s 93 and looking more frail with each passing year, but she still knows what’s going on and still takes care of herself living independently in an adult apartment building. Her friends in that community are simply amazing and love her almost as much as I do.
When I go home I had made plans for a special dinner to celebrate the day, and although not traditional as Easter fare, our meal was over the top delicious. It was such an easy to meal to make it almost cooked itself. I tend to treat meats that I roast or grill pretty much the same way, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. The only addition to this rack of pork was a hearty sprinkling of Montreal Beef seasoning, and let me tell you if you’ve never tried it, it does amazing things to pork!
I was in the mood for garlic mashed potatoes, and although Lisa does like garlic, it has to be worked into the dish and not overpowering. I thought that roasting the garlic would be the best choice to add flavor while still keeping it from getting too strong, or over powering the mashed. The garlic worked perfectly with the creamy butter like pieces blending into the mashed potatoes perfectly, but of course we needed gravy. That was an easy decision, because what goes better with mashed potatoes than a mushroom marsala sauce! What a flavorful combination!
- 1 -8 bone center cut rack of pork
- olive oil
- sea salt & black pepper or my fav- Montreal Steak Seasoning
- 2 carrots -rough cut
- 1 small onion-rough cut and include skins
- 2 stalks of celery- rough cut
- 6 cloves garlic peeled
- preheat oven to 450 degrees
- In a roasting pan add your rough cut vegetables
- rinse the rack of pork well and pat dry
- place rack fat side up, on top of cut veggies
- apply liberal amount of olive oil, rubbing it into the meat
- sprinkle entire rack with sea salt, pepper, garlic, and onion or just use my personal favorite Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of the other seasonings.
- place pan in preheat oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
- after 15 minutes reduce heat to 325 and continue to roast for 1.5 - 2 hours or until internal temperature on the outside of the racks has reached 160*
- This will ensure the outside of the pork is well done while the center cuts are not cooked quite as much. *
- Remove the Rack from the oven placing on a cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing the meat. This will allow all the juices to remain in the rack, rather than have them run all over the plate, making the meat dry.
- While the rack is resting, place 2 cups of water in the roasting pan and place on the oven and with a spoon loosen all the baked in meat scraps from the pan, making your pan gravy.
- Strain out all of the vegetable pieces and any residue
- Cut the rack along the bones, making even portions of the pork, serve with your pan gravy and your favorite sides!
*Pork can be eaten at lower temperatures than 165 degrees, but if your entire party would like the meat very well done, you can continue to roast the rack until the center cuts are 155 degrees/
Years ago I use to serve 2 bone racks of pork in my restaurant, I would cook the larger full rack then cut them to order later in the evening after they were cooled. You have to think of these delicious pieces of roasted pork more along the lines of Prime Rib of Pork, and when you serve them they don’t have to be steaming hot. You want them to be fairly hot, but then serve them with the almost boiling pan gravy to give it that little bump. The pork will be tender and juicier than you have ever had before.
The other important factor in having this pork come out so tender and juicy is in the roasting. A very high temperature for a short time will sear and seal the meat, keeping the juices inside. You just want to make sure to reduce the heat of the oven to finish the slow roasting process, which not only ensures a juicy cut of meat, but also helps reduce shrinkage of the product. You also want to remember to always cook the meat with the fat side up, so the fat runs through the meat as it roasts, rather than just into the pan. Don’t worry about trimming any extra fat away before roasting, you can always remove it before serving. The fat does add flavor!
This was the most flavorful, tender piece of pork I think I have ever had, it even surprised me. I hope you do try this if you can find a good rack of pork, believe it or not I found this rack at Costco for under $25.oo. Who knew? I can’t wait to cook this again, but I will definitely invite some friends over to enjoy this magnificent piece of pork!
That’s about it for today my friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that were ever you are in the world, you got to enjoy, good weather, good friends, and a good meal! See you all real soon!