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Crispy Rack of Pork with Herbed Spaetzle

  • 2 hours
  • 6-8 Servings
  • oven
  • beginner
Pork

Celebrate the change of seasons with this glorious meal featuring the Snake River Farms rack of pork. This simple, but delicious preparation coats the pork with grainy mustard and chopped rosemary and thyme. Pork cracklings are added for flavor and crunch.

Included is a recipe for herbed spaetzle, the perfect side dish for the rich and savory pork. Spaetzle is one of the most beloved foods in Germany. These famous German egg noodles from the Baden-Württemberg region of southwest Germany are easy to make at home and do not require any special equipment. We had success using a colander or steamer with large holes to press the dough into the fat, egg noodles. You can also use a potato ricer. If you’re feeling serious, there are also a number of spaetzle makers available at kitchen stores or online.

 

Ingredients

  • Rack of Pork

    • 1 Snake River Farms Kurobuta Rack of Pork Buy Now +
    • 2 teaspoons pepper
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup grainy mustard
    • 2 tablespoons each, finely chopped fresh rosemary and thyme
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 1/2 cups crushed pork cracklings
  • Spaetzle

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 4 eggs, beaten
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Rack of Pork

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Pat pork roast dry with paper towel; season all over with pepper and salt. Position on rack in roasting pan.

    1
    Done
    10 minutes
  • Stir together mustard, rosemary, thyme and garlic; rub all over roast. Sprinkle pork cracklings crumbs over top and press lightly to adhere.

     

    Tip: Pork crackling strips and straws can be found in the snack aisle of grocery stores and online retailers.

    2
    Done
    2 minutes
  • Roast for 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature registers 145°F when inserted into center of roast. Tent with foil; let stand for 15 minutes. Carve between bones into individual chops.

     

    Nutrition Facts

    Per 1/6 of recipe
    Calories 910
    Fat 37g
    Saturated Fat 13g
    Cholesterol 390mg
    Sodium 1650mg
    Carbohydrate 52g
    Fibre 4g
    Sugars 1g
    Protein 92g

     

    3
    Done
    1 hour 30 minutes

Spaetzle

  • In bowl, stir together flour, salt and nutmeg. Pour in eggs; stir until ragged dough forms. Stir in 1 cup water until sticky dough is achieved, stirring in up to 1/4 cup additional water if necessary.

    1
    Done
    5 minutes
  • Place dough in colander with medium-size holes; set over large pot of boiling salted water. Press dough through holes into water; cook for about 5 minutes or until spaetzle float to the top. Using slotted spoon, remove spaetzle from water and drain on paper towel–lined plate.

     

    2
    Done
    10 minutes
  • Heat butter and sage in large skillet set over medium-high heat; add spaetzle, tossing until lightly browned and warmed through. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pork.

    3
    Done
    5 minutes