Bay-Leaf-Crusted Pork Roast

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins

This scrumptious pork roast is the highlight of any dinner -- and it's simple to make. Pair it with Butternut Squash and Apple Puree and Green Bean and Fennel Salad with Pecans to make an elegant meal.


  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 8 dried bay leaves

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 4 medium onions, peeled (root ends left intact), each cut into 8 wedges

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pork rib roast with 8 ribs (4 ½ to 5 pounds), backbone removed, ribs Frenched (see Note below)

  • 2 cups fresh parsley leaves

  • 1 cup Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a chef's knife, finely chop garlic and bay leaves together. Gather into a pile; sprinkle with 2 teaspoons coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Using the flat side of the knife blade, mash mixture into a paste. Set aside.

  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss onions with 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Push onions to the edges of baking sheet.

  3. Place pork in center of sheet, fatty side up; rub top with remaining tablespoon oil, and press on garlic mixture, coating evenly.

  4. Roast, dabbing occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center of meat (avoiding bones) registers 140 degrees (temperature will rise 10 to 15 degrees as roast rests), 65 to 75 minutes. (If browning too quickly, tent loosely with aluminum foil.) Transfer roast and onions to serving platter; let rest, loosely covered with foil, about 10 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend parsley and mustard until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

  6. Cut roast into chops, and serve with mustard sauce.

Cook's Notes

Ask the butcher to leave some fat on top of the pork to keep it moist during roasting, and, for easier carving afterward, to remove the chine bone (or backbone). For an elegant presentation, have him "French" the rib bones, which means to scrape off the gristle and fat.

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