When we think Tuscan food, the first thought is usually pasta wine and cheese. Contrary to what many of us believe, Italians have a great repertoire of meat dishes, that are actually the main course which is served after the pasta course at holidays. This Standing Crown Roast seasoned with rosemary, thyme and garlic is a hit every-time! It’s simple to prepare , yet sophisticated, and with the help of a remote thermometer, enjoy the party worry-free !
Ingredients: for 10 servings
1 -14 crown roast (or 2 seven rib roasts tied together)
1 full head of garlic (10 cloves) chopped
2 Tbls chopped fresh thyme
1/2 bunch ( 1/4 cup) fresh rosemary, chopped
fresh ground pepper
salt to taste
4 Tbls olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the garlic, thyme and the rosemary with the salt and the pepper in a bowl. Place the roast on baking sheet, rub the oil on all the meat with your hands, next rub on the herb-garlic mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Arrange in the shape of a crown with bones up and cover the bones with foil to avoid burning. Place roast in the oven and let cook until the doneness of your liking. For best results, use a meat thermometer inserted to the thickest part of the meat. It should read 130 degrees for rare (25 minutes), 135 for medium rare (35 minutes) or 140 for medium ( 40 minutes).
Take out of oven and let stand for 10 minutes, shape into the standing crown, cut between chops and serve. Enjoy with trimmings such as Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing.