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.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil
  3. Place pork loin on pan, keeping the juices on the foil
  4. 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)
  5. Bake (uncovered) for one hour
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Here’s what I pulled out of the oven after one hour. Smelled great and looked even better!

I sliced ours down the middle just to make sure it had cooked all the way through – it seemed too good to be true!

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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…)

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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!

2 thoughts on “Lovin’ the Oven: Simple Pork Loin Dinner

  1. wow! that looks delicious. I will definitely have to try that with Luke! It’ll be a nice change from our usual chicken on the grill! We had salmon on Wednesday seared on the stovetop that turned out wonderfully so I feel a little more confident trying new things!

    1. That sounds delicious, Ali! I have yet to attempt salmon so we’ll have to do a sister swap on our dinners 🙂 sounds like perfect anniversary meal though! Let me know if you end up trying the pork sometime…we loved it!

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