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Italian Porketta

Italian PorkettaThis seasoned pork roast, attributed to Italian miners who came to work on Minnesota's iron range, is a favorite in Minneapolis and points north. The seasoning of fennel and oregano can be traced back to Italian porchetta, roast pig. This flavorful roast makes a simple feast when served with lima beans, mashed potatoes and stewed tomatoes.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 to 4 pound boneless pork loin roast
3 tablespoons dill seed
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Combine seasonings together and coat roast with mixture.
  3. Roast in a shallow pan for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until internal temperature reads 150°F to 155°F (approximately 65°C).
  4. Let roast rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories 260 calories Protein 39 grams Fat 10 grams Sodium 110 milligrams Cholesterol 100 milligrams Saturated Fat 3 grams Carbohydrates 2 grams Fiber 0 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.