Everything is going well with our Christmas preps! We have most of our gifts bought and the kids have finished their finals. Made some really good pork loin. It was a little expensive so I don't know if I would make it regularly, but everyone really liked it.
I went to Harris Teeter for my pork loins, and could only get two, for like $15. I doubled the recipe and made a brine of cinnammon sticks, peppercorns, allspice, cumin, cloves, water, salt, garlic, brown sugar, bay leaves and thyme. 10 bay leaves are a lot! The pork was very bay-y!
I refrigerated the pork in the brine for 4 hours. While the pork was brining, I made the rub by toasting almonds, sesame seeds, cumin, peppercorns and clove. I added bread crumbs, pumpkin seeds, salt and brown sugar.
Started getting a little bit involved, I had to make a sauce of onion, garlic, and jalepeno sauteed. Then I processed it with pumpkin seeds, parsely, cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil and water. I had to take a break and drink an alcoholic beverage.
Anyway, I removed the pork loin from the reefer, rinsed it, coated it in the rub, sauteed it and cooked it in the oven for 10 minutes. I was kind of tired of making this.
I plated it and served it with the sauce. Then I lay down to take a nap. It was very good, though. The pumpkin seed was kind of musky and added a good flavor note.