Traveling Bistro (my company) sponsored the Heartbreak Hooligans tailgate party at last weeks Texas Rollergirls roller derby bout. Good times!
Porcheta is an Italian food sold at festivals and street corners. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to roast up this porky treat. Porchetta is often a whole pig stuffed with sausage, fennel, onions and garlic. I have used just the pork loin in this application.
5 Sweet onion (like 1015 or Vidalia)
10 Garlic cloves sliced thin
1 Fennel bulb diced small (reserve the fonds)
Mild Italian Sausage, removed from casings
Pork loin 4-5 lbs
Salt and Pepper
1 qt chicken stock
Return the loin the the fridge or cooler.
Dice two onions. Place the diced onion and fennel in a large saute pan and saute until golden brown. Add about half of the garlic to the pan. Saute for another 1-2 minutes. Next add the sausage. Fully cook. Allow this sausage mixture to full cool in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 425.
Once sausage mixture is fully cooled, add the eggs and fennel fronds and mix thoroughly. Butterfly the loin. You should have a flat piece about 8″x 15″. If you have a nice butcher he may do this for you. Spread the sausage mixture evenly over the spread out loin. Roll the loin up like a jelly roll. Salt and pepper the loin on all sides. Tie the rolled loin in several places with butchers twine. Halve the remaining onions. Place halved onions in roasting pan and place the loin on top of the onions. Roast in the preheated oven for 70 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees.
Once the Porchetta is done remove from pan and place on cutting board. Cover with foil and let it rest for 15 minutes while the gravy is prepared.
Place the roasting pan on the the stove top with medium high heat. Leaving the onions and the juices in the pan add the remaining garlic. Saute until the garlic is soft. Add the chicken stock. Be sure to scrape the brown bits up off the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil. Strain the gravy through a fine sieve.
Slice the loin and serve on rolls or crusty bread for tailgates or slice the loin and serve on plates with sides for a more formal affair.