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Chef John's Porchetta

Rated as 4.56 out of 5 Stars

"We're going to simplify traditional porchetta by making a smaller, simpler version using pork shoulder. It makes a great sandwich, especially topped with some fried, crispy pancetta."
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9 h 45 m servings 266
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place pork roast on a work surface. Use a sharp knife to make a lengthwise cut about 1 inch from the edge of the meat, slicing down but not cutting through. Open the meat flat along the cut. Keeping the knife parallel to the cutting board, continue to slice the roast open so you can unroll it into a large, flat piece. (You can also ask your butcher to butterfly the roast for you.) When the meat is unrolled, make small slashes through any connective tissue or extra-thick parts so the roast is as even in thickness as possible.
  2. Drizzle cut surface with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Rub oil into meat and generously season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt, black pepper, sage, rosemary, orange zest, garlic, and crushed fennel seeds. Press seasonings in firmly with your hand, roll up the pork roast, and tie the roast in several places with kitchen twine.
  3. Place the pork roast on a rack, set the rack on a plate, and sprinkle meat with remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate the roast uncovered overnight to dry-age.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Lightly oil a baking dish and place roast into dish. Rub meat with 2 teaspoons olive oil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until outside is seared, 15 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and continue to roast until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 145 degrees F (65 degrees C), about 1 hour more. Loosely cover roast with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice thinly to serve.
  6. Mash anchovy fillet in a small bowl and add red pepper flakes, white wine vinegar, and Italian parsley. Stir to combine. Serve drizzled on pork.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Make a thin sauce from the pan drippings from the roast by adding a splash of water and stirring to dissolve the browned bits of food in the bottom of the baking dish. Dip crusty ciabatta rolls into the juices before assembling sandwiches.
  • To make sandwiches, pile thin slices of roast pork onto toasted and dipped ciabatta rolls with arugula and a drizzle of vinegar sauce.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 266 calories; 19.1 2.9 19.8 71 1032 Full nutrition

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What a delight this recipe was, though I did cheat and had our butcher butterfly the meat. Added minced onions to the rub mixture and let it sit in the fridge for 2 days to dry-age. NOTE: It's...

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it was good but I would put on less pepper

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What a delight this recipe was, though I did cheat and had our butcher butterfly the meat. Added minced onions to the rub mixture and let it sit in the fridge for 2 days to dry-age. NOTE: It's...

I am a chef John fan. Have made several of his recipes and have never been disappointed. The cooking instructions were perfect. I omitted some ingredients (I don't have fennel seed) and added so...

The flavors of this dish are amazing. I followed most of the recipe as written, including the making the vinegar sauce. I'm a new cook so I couldn't imagine what that sauce would add to the tas...

I loved this recipe and will make it again. I was a little unsure of butterflying as I had never done that to a roast before. I started cutting and it opened like a book! I thought i would f...

Amazing!!! Just made this for Christmas dinner for my in laws. I looked like a cooking super star! Everyone was raving about how tender and tasty the pork was even though they never heard of por...

I always follow the recipe to the letter the first time, and this recipe doesn’t need any tweaking . I was so proud of myself! The video was very helpful in teaching technique. I loved it!

I made this for Christmas Eve last year and it was a huge hit. My sister, who is a chef said it was amazing, and i totally agree. I had the butcher fillet the meat for me. It was so elegant look...

This was very good. I made no changes. Next time though I will get my shoulder blade roast from a higher end store since the one I got from Walmart was almost cut in half. It wasn't obvious u...

Good, but not great, and yet, I'm curious enough that I'll probably try it again. I used a lovely pork shoulder from a good butcher; probably should have roasted it fat-side-up. I was hoping to ...