pork roast

Pork and potatoes for Christmas Dinner

The combination of pork, sage, and lemon is irresistible. When combined with some oven roasted potatoes, the experience is one that will warm your home for the perfect Christmas Dinner.

red tree ornament on a pine branchHerbed Pork Roulade (Serves 8)

You’ll need:

  • 1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin, butterflyed
  • 1 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh sage
  • 6 sage leaves unchopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated lemon rind
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butcher’s twine
  1. When you’re at the store, ask the butcher to butterfly a pork loin for you.
  2. When you get home, heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Lay the pork flat so that the cut side is facing up.
  4. Sprinkle the parsley, chopped sage, lemon rind, garlic, and some salt and pepper on the pork.
  5. Grab the edge of one of the long sides of the pork and gently roll toward the other side, like you’re rolling a sleeping bag.
  6. Wrap the twine around the length of the pork and tie it at the end so that the roll stays together.
  7. Place it seam side down in a roasting pan.
  8. Rub the olive oil all over the outside of the roast, then sprinkle it with more salt and pepper and place the whole sage leaves on the top.
  9. Cover with tin foil and cook for ten minutes.
  10. After ten minutes, remove the foil and reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cook for another hour. When a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees, the pork is done.
  11. Let the pork rest for about ten minutes before serving.

Oven Roasted Potatoes (Serves 4-6)

You’ll need:

  • 3 russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Then place those halves cut-side-down and cut them in half lengthwise. Do this for each potato.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the potato quarters with the olive oil, salt, and pepper so that each potato quarter is fully coated with the oil and seasonings.
  4. Pour the potatoes onto a baking sheet and spread them out so they’re in a single layer.
  5. Cook the potatoes uncovered for about 30 minutes. When they’re brown and crispy, they’re done.

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