The Five Dollar Roast that Tastes like a Million
February 2, 2023
I spotted a 4 pound blade cut pork roast in my local supermarket on sale for five dollars! I checked the expiration date and it was fine. It looked nice and meaty and had a nice top layer of fat. This cut is good for slow braising so I bought it.
At home I whipped out oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder, fresh thyme, pancetta, onions and olive oil and apple cider.
In a bowl I made a rub of the oregano, salt, pepper and garlic powder and rubbed it all over the roast.
In a heavy duty pan, I swirled a couple tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat and browned the roast on all sides.
I set the roast aside and added to the drippings in the pan, diced pancetta and 1 onion, cut in chunks and let that go until the pancetta started to brown before returning the roast to the pan.
Raising the heat, I added 2/3 cup apple cider, NOT vinegar but apple cider, the thyme and turned off the heat.
I basted the roast with a balsamic glaze, covered it and popped it into a 325F oven for 2-1/2 hours until it was fork tender.
It was succulent with rich velvety taste and so tender that it literally fell apart. It served 4 people with leftovers! Such a deal!