Recipe Details

Herbed Chef's Prime

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Servings: 8


Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest


2-4 pound pork loin roast, boneless
1 tablespoon paprika
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, snipped (OR 2 teaspoons, dried)
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, snipped (OR 1/4 teaspoon, dried)
1/4 teaspoon fresh tarragon, snipped (OR 1/4 teaspoon, dried)
1/4 teaspoon fresh thyme, snipped (OR a pinch, dried)

Cooking Directions

Mix together all herbs and paprika. Coat roast surface with herb mixture. Roast in a 350 degree F. oven for 40 minutes - 1 1/4 hours (about 20 minutes per pound), or until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 145 degrees F. Remove roast from oven; let rest about 10 minutes slicing to serve.

Serves 8

Serving Suggestions

Back to the basics. Experiment with a variety of herbs from the garden to make your family's favorite combination. If you don't have fresh herbs, dried work as well.  Serve with Dilled Peas and Potatoes Vinaigrette, Four Fruit Salad, and hard rolls.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 213 calories
Protein: 33 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Sodium: 50 milligrams
Cholesterol: 85 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Carbohydrates: 1 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Loin Roast

The loin roast comes from the area of the pig between the shoulder and the beginning of the leg It is sold either bone-in or deboned. Loin roast can be rolled and tied with string.

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About the Cooking Method: Roasting

COOKING BASICS: 1) Preheat oven to 325 to 350 degrees F. (for pork tenderloin, roast at 450 degrees F.). 2) Trim much of the exterior fat from the roast; if roast has no fat cover, rub the surface with 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil. Season roast with herbs and other seasonings, if desired. 3) Place roast on rack in shallow roasting pan. 4) Do not cover; place in oven and roast to an internal temperature of 150 to 155 degrees F. for medium doneness. 5) Remove roast from oven. Allow it to "rest" for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows juices to redistribute. Internal temperature will rise approximately another 5 degrees F.

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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Loin roast is sometimes confused with tenderloin. Despite the name similarity, they are not one in the same. A loin roast is typically sold in pieces weighing between 2 to 4 pounds (the tenderloin is a smaller, long cut that usually weighs about a pound). The term roast simply refers to a large cut of pork.

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Butcher's Tips

For a crisp surface on your roast, be sure the oven is fully preheated before place the roast in it and do not cover the meat while roasting.

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