Roasted Pork Loin

I got up early and cooked for the shelter this morning.  I bought huge pork loin roasts and  cooked 30 pounds for them. I started slicing it by hand but realized it was going to take forever plus I really wanted to slice it as thin as possible.  So, I pulled out my electric meat slicer which did the job wonderfully.  But, boy what a cleanup job!  Those slicers are just incredibly hard to clean. In the end, I spent as much time cleaning the slicer as I would if I had sliced it all by hand.  It really turned out good though.  Here is the recipe for a 3 pound pork loin if you want to try it. 

1 (2-1/2 to 3 pound) pork loin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons low-salt soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Salt and pepper

Throw everything except the cornstarch
 in a dutch oven and cook it for 4-5 hours at 275 degrees.  When the meat is done, remove it from the pan and set it aside.  Place the pot with all of the liquid on a burner over medium heat.  Add the cornstarch to 1/2 cup of cold water and mix thoroughly then pour it into the hot liquid and whisk until it begins to thicken.  Pour the gravy over the thinly sliced pork.

 I also made a lot of mashed potatoes.

Enough to feed 100 guys.

I had planned on making rolls but was running out of time so I raided my freezer and pulled out all of my frozen homemade rolls and bread.

The shelter got everything from white sandwich bread, semolina Italian bread, cabbage rolls, French bread rolls and the Pan de Sal rolls I just posted recently.  And now I have room in my freezer!  As usual, no one knew I was coming though I called yesterday and gave them a heads up.  No one communicates at that place.  When I arrived, I could not even begin to identify what they were in the midst of preparing for lunch. It looked awful.  I carried the roast pork in and it went straight to the kitchen and whatever their stuff was,  it was immediately put aside. As soon as the aroma moved through the house, everyone came running to see what I had brought.  One of the guys was grinning ear to ear.  He announced to the group that the only time he smiles like that is when he sees my car pull into the alley.  I love these guys!


Dee said…
And I am sure those guys love you. What a kind heart you have.
Patty Woodland said…
I'm sure what you brought was a MAJOR improvement.

Pork has become my favorite meat because I get it so rarely now.
Anonymous said…
That looks soo tasty!

I've been lazy lately and bought food at work and every day I've been disappointed. I better start cooking this weekend so I can bring good food with me to work again :-)

Have a great day!
Nellie said…
What an amazing meal! You are a blessing to the shelter!
Teacats said…
You have the True Deep Magic of Kindness and Hospitality -- the shelter is so blessed to have your kind heart and willing hands!

Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage
Joyce, you are wonderful!
Joyce, you are wonderful!
NanaDiana said…
You are SUCH a good soul! I am sure you bless every single person there. xo Diana
chickpea678 said…
I don't think I've ever made a pork loin! This sounds doable and delicious. Thanks for the inspiration :-).
You love them and they love you. It's a win win situation.