This delicious sandwich is inspired by the roast pork sandwich you'll find in South Philly.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Pork:
Greens:

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Remove the netting or strings on pork roast, keeping them intact to use again. Combine rosemary, 3 cloves of garlic, parsley, 3 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper in a bowl. Slice open the pork roast and spread it with the oil and herb mixture. Roll up the pork and secure it with the netting or string. Rub outside of the roast with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

  • Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan or baking dish and pour in water. Bake in the preheated oven, basting occasionally, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours; add more water if necessary. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat should read at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Allow the roast to rest 10 to 15 minutes. Reserve the pan juices.

  • While the pork is resting, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Stir in 2 cloves chopped garlic and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 3 minutes. Pour in chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Add spinach, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and lemon juice. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the spinach is wilted, stirring occasionally.

  • Cut the string on the roast and cut the pork into thin slices. Return the sliced pork to the reserved pan juices.

  • Slice the sandwich rolls and sprinkle each roll with shredded Manchego cheese. Add pork slices to each sandwich, top with spinach, and serve.

Cook's Note:

This recipe makes enough to fill 4 to 6 sandwiches. The traditional roast pork sandwich is made with provolone cheese; Manchego has slightly stronger flavor, which is a great complement to the pork and greens. If you can't find Manchego, use provolone.

Nutrition Facts

793.6 calories; 50.4 g protein; 42.3 g carbohydrates; 147.1 mg cholesterol; 2951.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2012
I really liked these. I cooked the pork in a pressure cooker for 50 minutes instead of using the oven. I also didn't have any chicken broth for the spinach so I used a splash of white wine instead. Oh and I just sliced the cheese instead of grating it. Really nice flavors. Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2014
Followed the recipe to the T and it wasn't near as good as I was expecting! Read More
9 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
08/20/2012
I really liked these. I cooked the pork in a pressure cooker for 50 minutes instead of using the oven. I also didn't have any chicken broth for the spinach so I used a splash of white wine instead. Oh and I just sliced the cheese instead of grating it. Really nice flavors. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2012
I like this sandwich with the pork spinach and the manchego cheese is so different and a nice change of pace. I did reduce the rosemary to just 1 tbsp - I think 3 tbsps is quite a lot - rosemary is very strong. I think if I made this again I would replace the rosemary with thyme. I did not care for the red pepper flakes in the spinach. Next time I would cook the spinach in the olive oil with the garlic. I would leave out the red pepper and the chicken broth. Thanks for a great new sandwich idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2013
Delicious! The pork roast was cooked to perfection and the seasonings were spot on. Loved the spinach! I used sharp provolone b/c I couldn't find Manchego. I will be making this again and again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2020
The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly except I used provolone cheese (I couldn’t find the cheese in the recipe). We loved it. I’ve made it many times since them and have varied the recipe. Sometimes I add sautéed onions and or mushrooms too. Always great! Most of the time now I use a pre-seasoned pork loin just because it’s lazy. It’s equally good. But five stars for the recipe as is. Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/18/2014
Followed the recipe to the T and it wasn't near as good as I was expecting! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2016
Oh wow. These were so much better than I thought they would be. I didn't change a thing and I wouldn't. This was amazing. Read More
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