Garlic-Rubbed Pork Shoulder with Spring Vegetables
- ACTIVE: 1 HR
- TOTAL TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 6
- 8 large garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped thyme
- 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped oregano
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- One 7 1/2-pound butterflied boneless pork shoulder
- 2 pounds fava beans, shelled (2 cups) or 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
- 24 whole baby carrots or 4 medium carrots, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 4 pounds fresh English peas, shelled, or two 10-ounce packages frozen peas
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons mixed chopped herbs, such as parsley, chives and tarragon
- 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 400°. With the side of a large knife, mash the garlic cloves with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt to make a coarse paste. Transfer the paste to a small bowl. Stir in the coriander, thyme, oregano, 1 tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground black pepper and 1/2 cup of the olive oil until incorporated.
- On a work surface, rub the garlic-herb oil all over the butterflied pork. With the fatty side up, fold the pork under itself into thirds and transfer to a roasting pan. Roast the pork for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300° and roast the pork for about 2 hours and 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°.
- Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the fava beans and boil until the skins loosen, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the favas to a work surface; peel off and discard the tough skins and transfer the favas to a bowl. Alternatively, boil the frozen edamame for 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Add the carrots to the saucepan and boil until tender, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the carrots to the bowl. Add the peas and cook until tender, about 2 minutes; if using frozen, boil just until hot, 30 seconds. Drain the peas and transfer to the bowl.
- In the same saucepan, melt the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Stir in the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat until just heated through. Stir in the 3 tablespoons of chopped herbs.
- Transfer the pork to a carving board and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Strain the pan juices into a small saucepan and skim off the fat. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and keep hot.
- Thickly slice the pork across the grain and transfer to plates. Serve with the vegetables, passing the sauce at the table.
Andrew Green likes to pair the dish with a cherry-inflected or floral Pinot Noir.
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