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Chef John's Porchetta Recipe
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Chef John's Porchetta
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Chef John's Porchetta

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"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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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    9 hrs 45 mins


  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.
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  • 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.

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Jul 03, 2015

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 important to the final dish to let the roast "rest" the appropriate amount of time after you pull it so the juices have a chance to absorb back into the meat. Glad I went ahead and made the vinegar sauce as it gave the roast that little something extra! Served with Amatriciana, also from AR, as the "primo or first course" of our dinner party. Rave reviews all around! Thank you Chef John.

Mar 31, 2014

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 taste. I almost left it out but was pleasantly surprised. We didn't have ciabatta rolls or pancetta so I used pretzel rolls and bacon. I'll make this again.


7 Ratings

Aug 23, 2014

This was very good. I think I got the wrong cut, and it was a little too fatty, but otherwise it was very tasty. I cut down on some of the spices a little, since my family is not too big on some of them. Thanks!

Nov 17, 2013

The blade roast was a great cut for this recipe. I didn't use the orange zest but did use most of the spices. Very easy to cut, roll & tie. I oven-roasted it in a cast iron skillet. The porchetta was super tender but not overly juicy. Didn't make the sauce and just ate the porchetta as is.


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  • Calories
  • 266 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 19.8 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 1032 mg
  • 41%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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