Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce. A perfect meal for that festive family dinner or Sunday lunch. Roasted porchetta with a crisp spiced glaze surface. A succulent tender stuffed interior. Wonderfully baked sweet potato with candied pecans. To top it all, a homemade cranberry sauce infused with ginger and maple syrup. A dance of comforting rustic flavors meets luxurious and enticing textures!
Song of the day: "Sweet Things in Life" by Harlequin.
Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce. A beautiful solution for the up and coming Thanksgiving celebration in the USA. However, for us Canadians, this celebration has passed and it is a great excuse to celebrate with them. Why not share a meal and be grateful. A meal that will knock people's socks off with its presentation, flavors, and textures!
[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]
Let's gather and feast
I have to confess. I love cooking for groups of people. The challenge of timing, keeping things at the right temperature, and having the food at its best keeps me on my toes. It is always wonderful at the end to sit and share the food I made. I watch as faces begin to show the signs of appreciation and bliss.
As a result, all the stress and hard work of the morning or day floats away. I am filled with feelings of fulfillment and joy.
Home with plenty of goodies
It is nice to be able to go to a grocery store and find everything you need. The Italian Centre Shop is just that. A one-stop-shop. Furthermore, it is a place of family roots and atmosphere. My stomach growls as a result of all those delicious foods and aromas!
For the Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce I have:
- Sweet potato
- Fresh herbs
- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Olive oil
- And a whole lot more!
Feeling inspired is a great experience. I feel it is vital to our happiness. The dish was inspired by Gordon Ramsey. I was watching one of his home cooking shows. In this particular episode, he was doing a prime rib.
The difference is that firstly he glazes the prime rib with mustard, olive oil, herbs, and spices. Secondly, he rests the rib on a bed of vegetables. Thirdly, the meat is cooked at high heat for a time then turned down. Lastly the end result, a magnificent roast, juicy, tender, and gotta love those crispy bits.
This was the inspiration for this Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce!
Look at that beautiful Mustard glazing. The blend of olive oil and herbs, spices, covering an already incredibly seasoned Porchetta. Now my mouth is watering!
Getting to know Porchetta
For those of you who have never heard of porchetta, I am going to enlighten you. Porchetta is a pork type roast that is butterflied and stuffed with garlic herbs and spices. It is then rolled up and tied. Baked in an oven until that crust forms on top, and a contrasting moist tender interior.
This particular Porchetta we are using today is stuffed with ham and sausage meat. Can you imagine the tenderness and flavors of this roast?
Does anyone need a napkin? Because my mouth is drooling again, lol. Better keep those napkins since there is more to come.
I wanted to add a festive element because it is the season of Thanksgiving. To me, I always think of cranberries. The color and nice awakening flavor profile. Always a great pairing to something like pork.
You know me always being creative in a fusion sort of way, hence in comes the ginger and maple syrup. What a great way to really kick up the flavor profile of a classic sauce!
Something is missing
You can't have any type of roast without some kind of side. Well, how about the sweet potato. It has that starchy sweetness. Perfect flavors to accompany the Porchetta and that cranberry sauce, don't you think? How about shaving some Parmigiano on top? Also, add in some maple candied pecans at the end. Are you sold? I know I am, and once again the for the third time, I am drooling!
Finally a Taste
Wow, my mouth is in a state of bliss. The Porchetta has this moist tenderness. Sweet with notes of rosemary, thyme, and oregano. The sausage and ham stuffing adds such elevated notes of flavor and texture. While that mustard glaze has created a wonderful crust on the surface of the Porchetta. Love that crackle!
I have to say that ginger, maple, cranberry sauce has the perfect amount of spice, sweetness, and tartness consequently awakening the taste buds! It marries so well to the herbed sweetness of the Porchetta.
The sweet potato is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft sweet billowy on the inside. You can't get any more comforting than that! The Parmigiano adds that nice pungent hit. Not too overpowering because those candied pecans keep the Parmigiano at bay. Just enough to create a perfect balance of taste and texture.
I have to say this recipe is an all in one solution to any dinner you may want to have. It speaks comfort and flavor. The textures are spot on and balanced. The aromas are enticing. Finally its presentation beautiful and full of fall colors! I think we have a winner here!
We always say life seems so short. I never really think about it. One thing I know for sure is I love celebrating. Living in the moment is my way. Sharing food with family, friends, people is the way I spread the love. I know Thanksgiving is coming up in the US. This dish I know would look wonderful on that beautifully decorated harvest table.
For those of us in Canada and other parts of the world, let's just celebrate and be grateful every day for all the amazing experiences we have. Also to recognize those challenges we have overcome.
If you choose this recipe to share a dinner with, thank you. Most of all,
- 1.5 kg porchetta
- 5 small yellow onions cut into halves
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large carrot cut into thick rounds
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Sprig Thyme
- Sprig of Rosemary
- ½ Tsp salt
- ½ Tsp fresh cracked black pepper
Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce:
- 227 g cranberries (fresh or frozen and organic if you can find them)
- ½ cup of fruit juice
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp honey
- Sprig fresh rosemary
- 3 leaves fresh basil, torn
- 4 thin slices fresh ginger
- 1 Tsp lemongrass
Parmigiano Sweet Potatoes:
- 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into bite size pieces
- 3 Tbsp e.v.o. oil
- 1 Tsp sea salt
- 1 Tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1 Tsp honey
- 1 Sprig fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- 1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- ¼ cup shaved Parmigiano
- 24 pecans
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- Pinch red chili flakes
- Pre-heat oven to 420 degrees F.
- In a small bowl blend mustard, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Take mixture and rub it all over the porchetta. Distribute it evenly throughout. Set aside.
- Place carrots, celery and onions on the bottom of a roasting pan. It will be the bed for the porchetta to lay on.
- Place porchetta on vegetables and put into oven.
- Cook at 420 F for 30 minutes, then take out vegetables. Set vegetables aside.
- Turn heat to 375 F and cook for an additional 40 minutes.
- Take out of oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce:
- While porchetta is cooking, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil, then turn down heat.
- Let simmer on low stirring frequently.
- When sauce thickens and cranberries have popped and softened about 30 minutes, take off heat.
- Set aside.
Parmigiano Sweet Potatoes:
- While porchetta and cranberry sauce are cooking, put sweet potato pieces in a large pot with salted water.
- Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, drain and place in a shallow baking dish.
- Combine the sweet potato with all the ingredients and toss well.
- Place in oven with porchetta and bake for 30 minutes.
- In a bowl combine pecans with maple syrup and chili flakes.
- Take sweet potatoes out of oven at the 25 minute mark and toss with pecan mixture.
- Place back in oven and cook for the remaining 5 minutes.
- Cut porchetta into 1 cm thick pieces and place on an oval serving platter
- Spoon sweet potatoes all around the porchetta.
- Take cooked onion halves and carrot rounds and sprinkle on sweet potatoes.
- Pour ginger maple cranberry sauce into a serving dish.
- Meal is ready to serve.
- This recipe would work for any type of roast or chicken for that matter.
- You can do regular potatoes too, or even a medley.
- The porchetta can usually be found at your local Italian store or else you can go on our blog and search Porchetta.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
- Category: Main Meat
- Method: Roasting
- Cuisine: Fusion
Keywords: porchetta, mustard glaze, ginger, maple syrup, thyme, basil, rosemary, sweet potatoes, parmigiano, candied pecans,
When I am not cooking, I enjoy playing musical instruments, singing, writing. I have learned over the years to live in gratitude and enjoy the moment.