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Pork Roast in a Clay Pot Recipe
Pork Roast Recipe
Clay Pot Cookery
Clay Pot cooking provides a multitude of pluses for the modern cook. Clay pot cooking will make a tender low fat, flavor filled dish with all the nutrients in tact. It will also fill your home with a mouth-watering aroma. The dish can be made over an hour or two ahead of time and then left to cook without supervision. The table presentation is superb too!
In short it is an excellent dish to make for entertaining!
I learned about clay pot cooking from my Aunt Pat when I lived in Phoenix. She would get the clay pot out when the weather turned snappy and make something that would permeate the house with a taste-tantalizing aroma. Yumm!
A bit about Clay Pot Cooking
Clay Pot cookery is not a new phenomenon. It has been around at least since Roman times. The London Museum had a display of a typical Roman kitchen from London during the Roman Empire’s occupation in 43 AD that included a clay pot for cooking. The Romans cooked lots of fish in their clay pots according to this display at the London Museum.
In clay pot cooking an unglazed pot is soaked in water for at least 15 minutes, the foods and seasonings are nestled in the pot with minimal water, the clay pot is placed in a cold oven, and then the oven is turned to final temperature. Clay pot cookery requires a long cooking time because of the slow start. This slow start is essential as a clay pot placed in a hot oven would break. The pot will release the water from the soaking of the pot as steam to help cook. Very little fat is placed in the pot making this a healthy method of cooking. The food will be tender, savory, and unlike boiling, the nutrients remain in the foods.
This is best cooked when the weather turns snappy, chilly, or downright cold. Due to the long cooking time the kitchen becomes warm from the oven. Also, think of how appetizing your whole house will smell! So, we use the slow cooker in the summer so as to not heat up our kitchens and the clay pot cooking method in the winter to help warm up the kitchen.
Clay pot cookery is both ancient and world wide in use. Many cuisines from most continents use clay pot cookery. My favorite clay pot cooking recipes are from Europe to include the Spanish clay pot cookery which is called olla de barro.
Although, clay pot cookery is mostly used for cooking meats, it also makes some wonderful fruit desserts such as baked stuffed apples.
This is a great entertaining dish as well. The presentation of a clay pot cooked meal to the table is magnificent! When the lid is lifted at the table the aroma is luscious. The appearance of the meal is that of something staged on one of those fancy cooking shows!
Ingredients for Clay Pot Pork Roast Recipe
1 one pound pork sirloin tip roast
¼ head of cabbage
2 ribs of celery
1 Granny Smith apple
½ C. water (or less!)
Prior to any preparation begin soaking the clay pot in water for at least 15 minutes.
Preparation for Clay Pot Pork Roast Recipe
Split/slice the pork roast in half
Leave the cabbage very coarsely cut
Chop all the rest of the vegetables and the cored and seeded apple into similar sized pieces
(Note the carrots were the small size already)
Place the cabbage on the bottom of the soaked clay pot
Rest the meat on the cabbage
Nestle the rest of the vegetables around the meat
Add the water so the bottom of the pot is covered
Drizzle with olive oil
Place in a COLD OVEN. Set temperature to 475° and cook for 90 minutes or until the meat is 170°
Before serving remove from oven and let sit for about 10 minutes on the oven top with the lid still on the pot.
Dip out some of the water and olive oil liquid from the pot to serve with each plate. This is a healthy fat dip for the meat! Note the pork roast has zero percentage of trans fat in it!
Then serve to table for a big impressive crowd pleasing finale!
NOTE: If you plan everything ahead you have 30 minutes to fix a salad, cut up some bread, lay out some chips and salsa and 60-minutes to get dressed for company! What could make for a more relaxing evening with your guests? I’ve been known to also do apples in a second clay pot at the same time for a dessert!
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