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Roast Pork (Maiale Arrosto)

Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Roast Pork (Maiale Arrosto)
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Dear SOS: I’m hoping you can provide me with the following recipe from Piatti Ristorante in Thousand Oaks: roasted pork (maiale arrosto). This dish is marvelous.

Shirley Willcutt

Simi Valley

Dear Shirley: This recipe uses a spice rub. The chef at Piatti, Bradley Bennett, recommends using an old coffee grinder or mortar and pestle to crush the spices. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle (and this should not be a point of pride) you can place the whole spices in a doubled plastic bag or between two pieces of wax paper, and either use a meat tenderizer, a rolling pin, a small hammer or a stone to pound the spices until they’re finely ground. It’s fun.

1

Finely grind the mustard, cumin and fennel seeds, the bay leaf, juniper berries, coriander, pimenton, brown sugar, salt and pepper in a spice grinder. Coat the pork with the spice rub. Refrigerate the pork for 1 hour.

2

Heat the oven to 325 degrees. Roast the pork until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, loosely cover with foil and set aside 10 minutes before slicing.