- Prep time
- 2 hours PT2H
- Cook time
- 1½ hours PT1½H
- Serves 5-6
- 1, 7-bone pork loin (ask your butcher to remove the chine bone)
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch sage
- 1 bunch thyme
- 4 bay leaves
- 4-6 cups milk
- Grated zest of 2 lemons
- Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 6 scrapes of nutmeg (or 2 pinches)
Preheat oven to 400ºF.
Season pork rack liberally with salt and pepper and sear in a pan over high heat, adding olive oil just prior to searing. Brown all sides to ensure the pork remains as moist as possible.
Place herbs and garlic in the bottom of a small roasting pan. Set the pork over the herbs and then add the lemon zest and nutmeg.
Pour milk over the pork and place in the oven on the center rack. Cook for 20 minutes, uncovered, and then reduce the temperature to 300ºF.
Continue cooking the pork for another 1-1½ hours, depending on its thickness. Baste the pork every 20 minutes or so. If the sauce reduces, feel free to add a little more milk so you have a sauce for serving. After cooking 1 hour, use an internal thermometer to check the temperature of the pork in the center; it should read 130ºF. Cook an additional 15 minutes for every desired 5°F increase thereafter. Total cooking time should not exceed 1½ hours.
Remove pork from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before carving.
Techniques used in this recipe:
- baste: to moisten food during cooking with pan drippings, sauce, or other liquid. Basting prevents food from drying out.
- roast: a dry heat cooking method in which items are cooked in an oven or on a spit over a fire.
- sear: to brown the surface of food in fat over high heat before finishing by another method (for example, braising) in order to add flavor.
- bay leaves
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The uses of Bay are many and varied. Eggs, meats, game, soups, casseroles, and sauce benefit from the judicious use of this herb; use it sparingly, however, for it is dominant by nature.
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