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Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

Loreto October 31, 2018

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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

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

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!

Why wait let’s gather and feast on this Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

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.

mustard glazed porchetta with ginger maple cranberry sauce

Home from The Italian Centre Shop 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:

  • Porchetta
  • Sweet potato
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Ginger
  • Fresh herbs
  • Pecans
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Olive oil
  • And a whole lot more!

mustard glazed porchetta with ginger maple cranberry sauce

Inspiration:

Feeling inspired is 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 and 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 then tenderness and flavors of this roast.

Anyone need a napkin? Consequently my mouth is drooling again, lol. Better keep those napkins because there is more to come.

Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

I wanted to add a festive element, because is 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!

Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

Something is missing!

You can’t have any type of roast without some kind of side. Well how about 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. 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 perfect crispy on the outside and soft sweet billowy on the inside. You can’t get anymore 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.

Final Thoughts………..

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, lets just celebrate and be grateful everyday 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………

Enjoy!

Song of the day: “Sweet Things in Life” by Harlequin

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Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

Mustard Glazed Porchetta with Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 6-8 people
  • Category: Main Meat
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Fusion

Description

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!


Ingredients

Porchetta:

  • 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
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp fresh cracked black pepper

Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce:

  • 227 g cranberries (fresh or frozen and organic if you can find them)
  • 1/2 cup of fruit juice
  •  2 Tbsp 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
  • 1/4 cup shaved Parmigiano

Candied Pecans:

  • 24 pecans
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch red chili flakes

Instructions

Porchetta:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 420 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl blend mustard, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  3. Take mixture and rub it all over the porchetta. Distribute it evenly throughout. Set aside.
  4.  Place carrots, celery and onions on the bottom of a roasting pan. It will be the bed for the porchetta to lay on.
  5. Place porchetta on vegetables and put into oven.
  6. Cook at 420 F for 30 minutes, then take out vegetables. Set vegetables aside.
  7. Turn heat to 375 F and cook for an additional 40 minutes.
  8. Take out of oven and let rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting.

Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce:

  1. While porchetta is cooking, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat.
  3. Let simmer on low stirring frequently.
  4. When sauce thickens and cranberries have popped and softened about 30 minutes, take off heat.
  5. Set aside.

Parmigiano Sweet Potatoes:

  1. While porchetta and cranberry sauce are cooking, put sweet potato pieces in a large pot with salted water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, drain and place in a shallow baking dish.
  3. Combine the sweet potato with all the ingredients and toss well.
  4. Place in oven with porchetta and bake for 30 minutes.

Candied Pecans:

  1. In a bowl combine pecans  with maple syrup and chili flakes.
  2. Take sweet potatoes out of oven at the 25 minute mark and toss with pecan mixture.
  3. Place back in oven and cook for the remaining 5 minutes.

Plating:

  1. Cut porchetta into 1 cm thick pieces and place on an oval serving platter
  2. Spoon sweet potatoes all around the porchetta.
  3. Take cooked onion halves and carrot rounds and sprinkle on sweet potatoes.
  4. Pour ginger maple cranberry sauce into a serving dish.
  5. Meal is ready to serve.

Enjoy!


Notes

  1. This recipe would work for any type of roast or chicken for that matter.
  2. You can do regular potatoes too, or even a medley.
  3. The porchetta can usually be found at your local Italian store or else you can go on our blog and search Porchetta.

mustard glazed porchetta with ginger maple cranberry sauce

[This post is sponsored by The Italian Centre Shop. We’ve been compensated but -as always- all opinions are our own.]

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30 Comments

  • Reply Anna November 1, 2018 at 4:21 am

    What a fantastic combination of flavours and ingredients in this recipe! Would be a great feast to serve at a family gathering, or when hosting friends for dinner! Everything looks so tasty and delicious!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 1, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Anna, Thank you
      Yes you are on the right track. This is a festive, gathering wanting to really comfort friends kind of meal! It is beautiful and oh so so tasty. The ginger maple cranberry sauce is perfect for the pork.
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply lauren November 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    You have definitely inspired me! I love the idea of this mustard glaze on a Porchetta. I love Porchetta but have never tried making one at home. This will definitely be the main event at our next dinner party for sure.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you so much for appreciating the creativity that I put into this recipe. I know people will be blown away with this dish. Such amazing flavors and textures!
      Happy cooking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Dominique | Perchance to Cook November 2, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Is it crazy that I have never eaten or cooked porchetta?! Your photos are telling me that this needs to change. I’m seriously drooling over your ginger maple cranberry sauce… it’s the ultimate Fall flavor combo and it’s perfect for a meat dish!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you Dominique. I really wanted to do something with cranberry sauce to kick it up a few notches. I think I succeeded. It was amazing and really balanced that wonderful sweet spiciness of the porchetta.
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Anna Hettick November 2, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    I’ve never had or cooked porchetta! But these photos are so dang gorgeous! My mouth was LITERALLY watering!!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Lol Anna, very happy sign for a foodblogger when we can make your mouth water. This means I have done my job well. This porchetta is the perfect example of fall flavors and crazy incredible textures!
      Thanks for commenting!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Chef Markus Mueller November 4, 2018 at 2:51 am

    I have worked with Porchetta, but never cooked it at home! What a great idea though, cooking it as a roast, and with some hearty sides to boot. The perfect Fall Feast! Also I have to say I love your song of the day recommendations! I always put the song on first before reading the post! Its great!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you Chef Marckus! It is the perfect fall feast. So glad that you love our song of the day. Music is such a huge part of our lives and when someone acknowledges our song, it feels real good. I thought this song for this post was a great match.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Loreto

  • Reply Ruchi November 4, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Ginger Maple Cranberry Sauce…. oh that sound so delicious! I am getting so excited for the upcoming holiday season!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Me too Ruchi. This meal is going to do some repeat performances. As far as that cranberry sauce, the ginger and maple syrup just married so well with the tartness of the cranberry making this sauce a true winner!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Amanda Mason November 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    What a FABULOUS looking meal! Perfect for fall – it’s screaming with the most savory flavors! I’m for sure going to make this! I too, like to cook for large groups! And I’ve never heard of porchetta! I’m so excited to try this recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      So glad to enlighten you to the world of porchetta. The mustard glaze was the perfect flavor boost to an already outrageously delicious meat! Thank you for taking a look at this fall harvest feast!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Daniela November 4, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I’m originally from Costa Rica and, for Christmas, we like to roast a whole pig’s leg. I can’t really get that cut of meat easily here int he U.S., so this glazed porchetta would be a lovely substitute. And that ginger maple cranberry sauce sounds to die for!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 5, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you Daniela, It is a perfect solution to your dilemma. This porchetta has so much flavor and texture to offer ant the sides of this dish just bring a lot of color to the table. That cranberry sauce just screams accompaniment.
      Happy Thanksgiving cooking!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Sherri November 4, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Such a gorgeous display! Now I want Thanksgiving dinner! The combination of flavors makes each part of the feast come together perfectly! 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Sherri! Yes I know our Thanksgiving is gone but I just want to celebrate again and do this meal all over again. It would be a great loop like ground hogs day just waking up every morning to knowing its Thanksgiving and what a meal I am going to have!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Karyl Henry November 4, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I’ve heard of Porchetta, but I’ve never tried to make it. This recipe looks absolutely amazing! I’m kind of like you, in that I like the challenge of cooking for a group. I don’t do it as much as I should, but this porchetta recipe would be a great place to start!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you Karyl! That’s the spirit. I love when I create a meal and it inspires people. Thats what it is all about isn’t it!
      Happy cooking!
      loreto

  • Reply Michele November 4, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    This dish sounds amazing and perfect for company! I haven’t made porchetta before, so this will be a first for me. Gorgeous!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Hi Michele, thank you! Your guests are going to love this meal. Everything you would want. Lovely flavors, comforting textures and so lovely to look at.
      Have fun cooking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Vanessa Vickery November 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Love porchetta! Your recipe looks great!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you Vanessa, isn’t porchetta the most incredible thing you have ever tasted. I love that it has that crispy surface and you cut in and see all those herbaceous juices, makes my mouth water every time!
      Have a great day!
      loreto

  • Reply Sri Mallya November 4, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Such a lovely combination of flavors. Great recipe. Perfect Fall treat. Pinned to try this soon. Yummy!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you. This is a great family meal. Colorful, aromatic and even more so so so delicious!
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply mimi rippee November 5, 2018 at 8:11 am

    I love everything about this meal! It’s making me want to serve porchetta instead of turkey on Thanksgiving! And the cranberry sauce is so beautiful. Perfection!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 5, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Thank you Mimi. Turkey is great and is a massive symbol for thanksgiving, but nobody said that you could not serve porchetta at the table too!The saying the more the merrier applies here so well. That cranberry sauce is a must try. The ginger and maple is so great with that tart cranberry and if you use the fresh ones even better.
      Happy Thanksgiving cooking!
      Loreto

  • Reply Emily Leary November 6, 2018 at 6:03 am

    That looks amazing! What a perfect mustard glaze and it all looks so gorgeous and colourful served up atop those veggies. Just wonderful and I bet that ginger maple cranberry sauce pairs just perfectly.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto November 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Emily! Yes that ginger maple cranberry sauce marries well with the flavors of the porchetta and that glaze. I love the way that mustard glaze forms a nice crust on the surface of the pork, making me hungry again,lol.
      Have a great cooking day!
      loreto

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