Muffuletta Porchetta

Yield 8-10 servings
11 ratings


7-pound piece fresh pork belly

3 tablespoons ground fennel or 1 tablespoon whole fennel seeds, ground

½ cup chopped fresh rosemary leaves

½ cup chopped fresh thyme leaves

2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves

12 garlic cloves, peeled

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Rouses Olive Salad Mix

1 pound sliced mortadella or ham

1 pound sliced provolone cheese

Onion powder

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper


Using a sharp, strong knife, score the fat of the pork belly, taking care not to cut down to the meat. This encourages the fat to render outward and baste the pork, creating a crisp crust. Sprinkle generously with salt. Refrigerate uncovered at least 6 hours and preferably overnight to dry out the skin and make it crispy.

Meanwhile, in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle, combine fennel seeds, rosemary, thyme, sage, garlic, salt and black pepper. Add oil and process until a smooth paste forms, around 20 to 30 seconds. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Remove pork belly from refrigerator and bring to room temperature before making your pork roll. When you are ready to cook, place scored side of pork belly face down on your cutting board. Spread olive salad over entire top of belly. Arrange mortadella and provolone cheese on top. Starting with the side closest to you, roll belly around the msortadella and cheese so the short ends of the belly meet, and secure with kitchen twine. Rub the outside of the pork roll with onion powder , salt and freshly ground black pepper, taking care to work mixture into the crosshatches.

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350°F. Transfer the pork roll, fat side up, to a large roasting pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Place in preheated oven and cook until pork registers 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer, around 2 to 2½ hours.

Remove pan from oven and increase oven temperature to 500°F. Carefully remove and discard foil, and transfer pork roll to large plate. Discard liquid in pan. Line pan with foil. Remove twine from roast; return roast to pan, directly on foil; and return pan to oven. Cook until exterior of roast is well-browned and interior registers 165°F, around 20 to 30 minutes.

Transfer porchetta to a carving board and let rest for 20 minutes. Slice roast in one-inch thick slices, then transfer to serving platter and serve.

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