The preparation of these soft, delicious Cranberry Pork Roast is very easy, but it looks and tastes like a gourmet dish. A holiday winner!
Ingredients in cranberry roast
Pork fillet – I use pork fillet, see below for the difference between pork fillet and pork tenderloin.
Olive Oil – Whether olive oil or super light sweetener vegetable oil, you can use your preferred oil.
Thyme – Today we only use dried thyme, try not to use fresh for this step because we do not want the herbs to burn and we want a nice little flavor concentrate.
Spices – nutmeg and allspice.
Spices – salt and pepper to taste.
Honey – for some sweetness, it will help to caramelize and create a beautiful crust in our pork fillets.
Orange Flavor – Orange and pork are natural partners. The sweetness and bread flavor of orange is the perfect complement to soft and light pork.
Cranberry Sauce – you can use cranberry sauce purchased from the store, but if you want something really tasty,
- 5 lb pork loin
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp thyme dried
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp salt or to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2 cups cranberry sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees and arrange the rack in the middle of the oven.
- Drizzle the olive oil all over the pork loin. Season with thyme, nutmeg, allspice, salt and pepper on all sides evenly.
- Heat a large 12 inch cast iron pan with a little bit of olive oil, then brown the pork on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Sear until it’s a deep golden brown and easily releases from the pan. Remove from heat.
- Drizzle honey on all sides of the pork loin then grate some orange zest over it.
- Cover with aluminum foil, transfer the skillet to the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and finish roasting for another 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork reads anywhere from 145 to 160 F degrees.
- Meanwhile prepare the cranberry sauce. I used my own cranberry sauce recipe, however, store bought cranberry sauce will work as well.
- Transfer the pork roast to a cutting board and let it rest for at least 15 to 20 minutes before slicing into it.
- Slice then top with cranberry sauce before serving it.
- The best way to tell when your pork is done is to take its internal temperature using a meat thermometer that’s inserted in the center part of the pork and the temperature reads at least 145F/62.8C to 155F/68.3C.
- If you don’t own a meat thermometer, pierce the pork in the middle with a fork and if the juices run clear, the meat is done.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.
Calories: 436kcal (22%)Carbohydrates: 29g (10%)Protein: 50g (100%)Fat: 12g (18%)Saturated Fat: 3g (19%)Cholesterol: 142mg (47%)Sodium: 360mg (16%)Potassium: 871mg (25%)Sugar: 28g (31%)Vitamin A: 55IU (1%)Vitamin C: 3.1mg (4%)Calcium: 18mg (2%)Iron: 1.5mg (8%)