Happy New Year! Today is the first day of a new year and a new opportunity to look forward to new opportunities.
Many of you may be familiar with the tradition of eating black-eyed peas, greens and pork on New Year’s Day. If you’re unfamiliar, this customary annual dinner is meant to symbolize positive things for the year ahead.
For instance, the greens are meant to represent a financially prosperous year, the black-eyed peas symbolize prosperity and the pork, good luck. As the story goes, since the pig is unable to look side-to-side or behind itself, pork is a reminder for us to also look forward to a New Year with new possibilities.
Read on for a delicious (and simple) pork loin recipe to try for your family dinner today!
- 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
- 4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast, well trimmed
- Fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 13 x 9 x 2-inch roasting pan with foil. Mix garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Rub mixture all over pork, then place pork, fat side down, in prepared roasting pan.
- Roast pork 30 minutes. Turn roast fat side up. Roast until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 155°F., about 25 minutes longer. Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes.
- Pour any juices from roasting pan into small saucepan; set over low heat to keep warm. Cut pork crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Arrange pork slices on platter. Pour pan juices over. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, if desired.
Tell Me: What are you looking forward to for New Year’s dinner?