Roasted Pork In Garlic Tomato Sauce- an easy dinner and one of the most delicious recipes out there. Made in no time, this roasted pork is tender, juicy, aromatic, and very inviting.
This recipe comes from Romania and is traditionally made on weekends, special occasions, or holidays. It is ready in about an hour and few minutes and usually served with mashed potatoes or French Fries and pickles.
Also, a favorite on the Christmas table, this roasted pork in garlic tomato sauce sits proudly next to Stuffed Cabbage Rolls(Sarmale), Vegetables Beef Salad(Salata De Boeuf), Romanian Meatballs Sour Soup(Ciorba De Perisoare) and the Romanian version of Panettone called Cozonac.
You cannot go wrong with these dishes for any holiday, if you ask me.
HOW TO MAKE THIS Roasted Pork In Garlic Tomato Sauce:
The traditional cut of pork for this dish is usually the pork shoulder. If you prefer a less fatty pork cut, pork tenderloin sliced in about 1 inch thick pieces is perfect.
I used the pork tenderloin this time because it is wildly available where I live and cheaper when you buy the whole cut and slice it yourself.
Make sure you use a roasting pan big enough to accommodate all slices of meat in one layer. The slices of meat will be covered in tomato and garlic sauce during baking. A 9x13inches is good enough, and it doesn’t matter if it is glass or metal.
To make the recipe, start by crushing the garlic. In a measuring cup, place the crushed garlic and a little salt over and mix well.
Add oil and constantly stir until you obtain an emulsified paste. Pour over the tomato sauce, add the dried thyme and water.
Combine everything well, taste for salt and pepper and pour the liquid over the meat. Add a few bay leaves.
You can use canned crushed tomatoes or tomato puree. The idea is to have enough liquid to cover the meat and enough tomatoes to obtain a relatively thick sauce to coat the pork’s slices.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about an hour. Uncover the roasting pan and bake for another 15 minutes.
The meat should be tender and cooked through. An hour and 15 minutes are more than enough for the meat to become tender, from my experience. A longer time might dry out the meat, which would be a pity.
Anyway, look at this beauty, isn’t that wonderful?
I have no doubts that you will fall in love with this dish. First of all, because you can make it in no time.
Basically, it takes you about 5 minutes to put the recipe together and an hour and fifteen minutes to roast the meat.
Then, it is absolutely delicious. I always said that the simplest ingredients make the best food.
And finally, it is a dish that looks good on the table. You can make it for fancy occasions, but you can also have it any day of the week for dinner.
Leftovers are good too. I think the next day this dish tastes better because the ingredients really get friendly with each other. However, good luck hoping for leftovers!
While the meat is in the oven, boil some potatoes and mash them. The combination of pork in garlic tomato sauce and mashed potatoes is divine.
You also need some good rustic bread if you prefer it without potatoes. Dipping some rustic bread in that sauce is everything you need for a comforting and satisfying meal.
A glass of dry red wine would nicely complement the meal and make it perfect.
This is a good dish for the entire family. Children usually like it too, especially if you serve it with mashed potatoes. It is a comforting food, for sure.
Suggestions for other pork recipes:
- 2.2 pounds or 8 pork tenderloin slices 1 inch thick
- 1/2 medium garlic head(about 4-5 garlic cloves) peeled and crushed
- 4-5 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups tomato puree(crushed tomatoes)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 bay leaves (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- If you use a whole pork tenderloin, cut it into 1 inch thick slices. Season each slice with salt and pepper and place them in a roasting pan large enough to accommodate all of them in one layer. (I used a 9x13inches)
- In a measuring cup, add the crushed garlic and a pinch of salt. Add oil, spoon by spoon, stirring continuously until you obtain an emulsified paste.
- Add the tomato puree, dried thyme, and water.
- Stir and taste for salt and pepper.
- Pour the tomato sauce over the meat and make sure the pork slices are completely covered in sauce. Add the bay leaves.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake it at 400F for about an hour. After an hour, remove the foil and continue baking the meat for another 15 minutes.
- Remove and serve it with mashed potatoes, French Fries, salad, rustic bread for dipping in the sauce, pickles.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g