We have been getting whole, rind-on pork belly pieces quite regularly in our store lately and I very much wanted to roast a nice chunk for supper one night. Apple and sage always make a great pairing with pork in all forms and I decided to prepare the roast ahead of time in a way that the meat would be infused with the fragrances while cooking… Continue reading “Roast Pork Belly with Sage and Apple”
Saltimbocca (the name means ‘jump in the mouth’) is an Italian classic that traditionally consists of veal paired with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, and served, most commonly, with a reduction sauce of the pan juices and Marsala wine. It is sometimes served as a main course but appears more often as an appetizer and there are, of course, different variations. Chicken is quite often used in place of veal and, today, I will be using very lean pork as, not only is good veal almost impossible to obtain up here, pork makes a very delicious substitute.
It has been years since I last made this dish and the last time I hate it was at a restaurant in Montreal. It was actually a very good Italian restaurant (and Montreal has many of these), but this particular offering was awful and consisted of dried out slices of veal spread out on a plate with overcooked prosciutto just scattered randomly on top and a few flakes of dried sage visible here and there but not otherwise detectable. I am fairly confident that today’s version will be better…. Continue reading “Saltimbocca”
The other day, I came across a blog with a recipe for pork loin stuffed with garlic and mint that looked ideal for a small roast I was already in the process of thawing. Sadly, I forgot to bookmark the link, otherwise I would share it with you here but, as it happened, I was unable to find any fresh mint at either of our stores. I still had the roast needing to be cooked in some fashion, though, and, since I had some fresh sage leaves left from a recent use, I decided to those with the roast along with apple and a little grainy mustard… Continue reading “Experiment: Mustard Glazed Pork Roast with Apple and Sage”