Tuesday, December 23, 2014


This is yet another variation on using a whole piece of lonza [pork loin], cut in the Italian way. I thought it would be festive to try it with mostarda [Italian mustard fruits]. The most famous mostarda is, of course, made in Cremona and you may find it easier to find a jar in the UK than it is for me in Sicily! However, Lidl Italia do a good version.

For this recipe you need a 1 kg piece of lonza, flavoured with garlic and herbs and encased in butcher's netting. In Italy the butcher will aromatizzare the meat for you but you can do it yourself by making a few holes through the netting with a skewer and rubbing the meat with a mixture of a crushed clove of garlic and chopped, fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage.  Place the piece of lonza in a Pyrex-style dish and sprinkle a little saffron powder over the top - or the contents of a sachet of saffron if you are in Italy. Add about 0.25 litre of white wine and leave to marinate in a cool place for at least 2 hours.  Turn the lonza in the marinade once.

Heat the oven to 180 C . Grind some black pepper and sprinkle a little coarse seasalt over the top of the lonza and place the dish with the lonza and its marinade in the oven. Cook for 45 minutes, basting once.

About 5 minutes before the cooking time is up, place the juice and grated zest of 2 oranges in a small pan with 2 teasp. sugar, the contents of another sachet of saffron and 2 tablesp. liquid from a jar of mostarda. Bring to the boil, stirring, then simmer for 2 mins. Pour this mixture over the lonza and let it cook for another 5 mins.

Put the lonza on a board, carve it, then serve on a plate with some of the juice. Decorate it with some of the mostarda fruits. You only need some garlic or herb-roasted potatoes and a green salad to go with it.

Buon appetito.


Lee said...

I hope you and Simi have a wonderful Christmas, Pat. A very Merry Christmas to you...enjoy whatever it is you'll be doing. Take good care. Best wishes from the Land of Oz. :)

Trubes said...

I have a loin of pork Pat so this recipe looks perfect for boxing day, with a little adaption here and there and I'll be able to make it,
Thanks for sharing the recipe, can't wait to try it1

Wishing you, darling Simi and you new found family a wonderful Christmas and an even more exciting new year,
love from,
Di and Ian, Chloe cat and Chico cockatiel xxxxxxx

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

And best wishes to you and cats, Lee. Hi, Trubes. Glad you are going to try this. Thank you so much for your kind good wishes. Merry Xmas to all of you from us. xx


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