Festive Pork Loin Roast

  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C.
  2. Lay pork loin roast flat rind side down on a wooden board.
  3. Combine the lemon zest and lemon, lemon thyme, sage leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a mortar and pestle to a rough paste.
  4. Spread the mixture over the surface of the pork, roll and string in a log shape. Allow to marinate refrigerated for up to 48 hours.
  5. Place loin roast onto a rack inside a baking dish and rub the rind with olive oil and flaked salt.
  6. Roast the pork loin in the pre-heated oven at 220°C for 30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 180°C for a further 45 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and allow rest for 10-15 minutes prior to slicing.
  8. In a small saucepan place the dates, thyme, sliced lemon and runny honey. Heat over a low heat for 10 minutes.
  9. Slice pork and serve with sweet dates and hot roasted vegetables.


Fresh dates may be replaced with plums, figs or dried muscatels to create the perfect Christmas.


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