October is National Pork Month, and Costco is kicking things off with a couple of delicious deals – starting today (October 3rd), you can get $2.50 off boneless pork chops and roasts at your local Costco store, through October 9th. Then each remaining week in October, look for deals on other cuts of pork that cook up delicious meals for simple family dinners of any size.
So if you’re looking for a quick, convenient and delicious dinner for your family this week, don’t forget to stop by Costco to pick up some boneless chops or a roast! I’ll be doing the same – and later in the week I’ll be sharing an original recipe that I will make for my family, along with a giveaway for $25 in Costco cash. Believe me that coming up with an original recipe isn’t something I do every day, so if I can figure out a great meal using a boneless pork roast (or chops) to share with my family, anyone can. 🙂
As I think about what kind of meal I want to prepare, I’ll be checking out Costco’s “In The Warehouse” section of their website, where they share recipes and tips for preparing each week’s featured cut of pork. Don’t forget to check back every week for new information and fun tips for that week’s featured cut! Another resource to check out is PorkBeInspired.com – I’ve already visited the site several times to get ideas and for information on the different cuts of pork.
While I’m looking for inspiration to create my own original recipe this week, I’ll be looking at existing recipes for ideas. Here’s one that you might like as well:
- 2-1/2 pound boneless top loin pork roast
- 1-1/2 cups fresh rosemary
- 12 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- In a food processor, combine rosemary leaves, garlic, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and pulse to make a coarse, wet paste, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Spread 3/4 paste on all sides of roast. Place roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan large enough to hold roast with 3 inches room around all sides. Roast 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine potatoes and remaining paste.
- Reduce oven to 350 degrees F. Add potato mixture to pan, arranging potatoes around roast. Continue roasting 40-45 minutes, tossing potatoes halfway through, or until internal temperature of roast reaches 145 degrees F and potatoes are tender. If roast is done before potatoes, transfer it to a cutting board and return roasting pan with potatoes to oven.
- Remove roast from oven and let rest 10 minutes. Slice roast and arrange on platter. Surround with potatoes and serve.
Are you looking for more creative pork recipes this week? Check out these bloggers who will also each be creating their own original recipe using boneless chops or roast as well:
- Kelly from Kansas City Mamas
- Stefany from To Be Thode
- Lisa from Life With Lisa
- Piera from Jolly Mom
- Jessica from A Parent in Silver Spring
- Erin from A Parenting Production
- Fadra from All Things Fadra
- Marybeth from Baby Goodbuys
- Jen from Thrifty Northwest Mom
- Candace from Dealectable Mommies
- Sara from Deal’icious Mom
- Angie from My Four Monkeys
- Linda from Frugal Philly Mom
- Jen from Big Binder
Temperature Update: In May, the USDA reduced the temperature guideline for pork loins, chops and roasts from 160 to 145 degrees F, with a three-minute rest. This will yield a juicy, flavorful product that may be pinker in color than most home cooks are used to. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees.
Don’t forget to check back later this week to see my original pork recipe and to enter the giveaway for $25 in Costco Cash!