Rack of Pork with Grilled Vegetables

Paul Rankin rustles up a glorious supper of grilled pork with griddled vegetables in a tempting and tasty herb dressing
By Paul Rankin
Rack of Pork with Grilled Vegetables
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes plus at least 4 hrs standing time
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

  • 1 pork loin, about 1kg
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 250 ml light olive oil

For the herbes de Provence

  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp chopped sage
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 dried bay leaves

For the dressing

  • 250 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns, cracked

For the vegetables

  • 900 g mixed vegetables, such as aubergine, courgettes, red onions, mushrooms
  • 120 ml olive oil

Method

1. Remove the skin from the rack of pork and scrape off the meat from between the bones with a sharp knife.

2. Combine all the herbes de Provence ingredients.

3. Rub the salt, black pepper and 2 tablespoons of the mixed herbs into the pork rack, then cover and refrigerate for at least 4-8 hours.

4. Remove the pork from the fridge, drain off any juices and lightly pat dry. Drizzle a little olive oil over it and cook under a pre-heated grill for about 20 minutes, turning and basting with a little oil from time to time. Leave to rest for 5-10 minutes.

5. Place all the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add 2 tablespoons of the herb mixture and leave to stand while you prepare the vegetables.

6. Cut the vegetables into attractive shapes, toss in the olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining herbs and a little salt and pepper.

7. Cook on a hot griddle pan until softened turning them once or twice as necessary. Transfer to a warm plate.

8. Carve the rack of pork into 4 large cutlets. Arrange the vegetables on a plate, place the cutlets on top, drizzle with the herb dressing and serve immediately.

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