Saturday night, we had a dinner that reminded me of home: roasted pork with baked sweet potato, corn on the cob and grilled vegetables. I grew up in a house with a fantastic cook, and since being married, I have realized that if I want to enjoy those favorite dishes regularly, I need to learn to make them myself! This meal was absolutely a favorite of mine that my mom has made but that I had yet to attempt on my own.
Pork itself is a meat I hadn’t yet prepared for a meal, as last time we had it Nathan grilled it for us. Since he is busy studying, I took the reins on this one, and I am happy to report that I found a method worth blogging about for future reference.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line baking sheet with aluminum foil
- Place pork loin on pan, keeping the juices on the foil
- Rub with 1/4 cup vegetable oil and the following: salt, pepper & red pepper flakes (which is optional – but you can add any other favorite seasonings of choice)
- Bake (uncovered) for one hour
I sliced ours down the middle just to make sure it had cooked all the way through – it seemed too good to be true!
Couldn’t ask for a better turnout for my first try at fixing pork. Nathan thinks I’m a good cook since my experiments in the kitchen have worked so far – I think I’m just getting lucky! (Plus I have Mom on speed dial for tips and advice…)
All plated up, with BBQ sauce added post-picture 🙂
I was intimidated by pork up until this meal and I’m so glad I feel comfortable working with it now. This is one meal from home that I don’t want to miss out on, and we’ll certainly be having it again!