Herb-Roasted Marinated Pork Loin

Herb-Roasted Marinated Pork Loin
 
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Recipe type: Pork
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon pimenton, part sweet, part bittersweet see * Note
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • Crumbled dried thyme, to taste
  • Crumbled dried rosemary, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup Sherry vinegar or other wine vinegar
  • 3 pounds boned pork loin
Instructions
  1. * Note: Spanish pimenton comes in three flavors-dulce (sweet), agridulce (bittersweet) and picante (spicy hot). Each is made from a different subspecies of pepper. Sweet pimenton, smoked or unsmoked, is the most versatile, while the bittersweet adds an interesting complexity to a dish. The spicy-hot is packed with flavor and really not at all fiery to most palates. Substitute Spanish pimenton in any recipe calling for paprika.
  2. Puree the garlic, pimenton, oregano, pepper, a dash of thyme and rosemary, salt, oil and vinegar in a blender container until it is smooth. Place the pork in a non-aluminum bowl and rub the marinade into it. Cover it and refrigerate 24 to 48 hours, turning the meat several times. (An adobo marinade traditionally was used for preserving uncooked meat or fish. Pimenton is an excellent preservative)
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drain the meat and place it in a roasting pan. Roast uncovered to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 1 hour, depending on the thickness of the meat. If you don't have a thermometer, test the meat after 1 hour by cutting into the center. The meat should be juicy and only slightly pink in the center. If it is still red, roast it another 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the meat from the oven and cover it loosely with foil for 10 minutes before slicing.
Notes
NOTES: Recipe by Janet Mendel, author of "Traditional Spanish Cooking"

This recipe yields 8 to 10 servings.

Each of 10 servings: 576 calories; 330 mg sodium; 147 mg cholesterol; 48 grams fat; 2 grams carbohydrates; 33 grams protein; 0.27 gram fiber.
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