The busy holidays have left me with some stray recipes still to post. Not to be outdone by all the festivities I decided to do a simply wonderful Trinidad roast pork recipe for you all.
The Many Pork Recipes
Pork is one of the main foods enjoyed around the Christmas holidays in Trinidad and Tobago. It is used traditionally to make pastelles, garlic pork, and today’s recipe, Trini style roast pork: one of my favorite. This cooking method (roasting) causes the the pork to caramelize on the surface and enhances the flavor of the meat giving you a flavourful “cripsy” skin roast pork when done.
Roasting is ideal for a large, whole piece of meat and is quite easy. The meat, basically, is seasoned with fresh Trini herbs like chadon beni and thyme or green seasoning and then marinated. After, it is placed in a roasting pan. Since I didn’t have a roasting pan with a rack I had to do some improvising… You’ll see what I came up with..
I don’t like dry meat and my oven keeps the heat very well. So well, that if you don’t check what you’re baking frequently, you could end up with your breads and cakes bordering on toasted. That is why I prefer to roast at 325 degrees F. I usually reduce temperature from 350 degrees F after a few minutes. This helps produce a wonderful golden-brown texture and a crispy crust…
The whole thought of doing this recipe had me remembering a wonderful short story by Al Ramsawak, I believe, called “Cripsy Roast Pork” that I read in the Newspapers some years ago. It was hilarious!! Anyhow without much ado here’s roast pork Trinistyle.
Roast Pork Recipe
2 kg pork shoulder
3tbsp green seasoning
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup orange juice
2 tsp. salt for orange juice mixture
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. ground ginger
Juice from 1 lime
You can also use an injector needle to inject the seasoning into the meat.
Note: I did not have a roasting pan so I had to improvise. I got a large enough pan and placed a pot rack inside of it. It worked superbly!
This gets the skin real crispy.Turn roast half way through roasting.
Note: You may glaze the pork as well with our tried and true ham glaze recipe. This can be done in the last 15 minutes before the pork is done.
Hints and Tipsfor roasting pork:
- If you are cooking pork tenderloin with little or no fat you may add a sauce to it while it is cooking. It will not look dry when it is done.
- Some cooks like to use apple sauce as a glaze to help combat dryness in cooked pork.
- Preheat the oven before placing the roast on the rack in the bottom position in the oven.
- Don’t cut the meat before it is cool. Cutting the meat while it is hot will dry it out.
- Using a food thermometer will help you you check the temperature of the pork. When you’re checking, place the tip of the probe into the center of the roast.
More recipes to come…..Happy New Year !!!