Porchetta with Wilted Arugula & Warm Dates


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Sheet Pan: Delicious Recipes for Hands-Off Meals

Sheet Pan

By Kate McMillan

Published 2017

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What could be tastier than wrapping pork in more pork! Besides adding great flavor, the prosciutto gives the pork loin a crispy exterior and holds in moisture during roasting. Be sure to toss the arugula with the meat juices on the pan, which will add depth to this wilted salad.


  • 1 boneless pork loin (about lb/1.75 kg), butterflied
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • cups (3 oz/90 g) fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) olive oil
  • 10 thin slices prosciutto
  • 5 oz (155 g) baby arugula
  • 1 cup (8 oz/230 g) dates, pitted and halved


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Lay the pork loin, cut side up, on a work surface, and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, garlic, rosemary, sage, fennel seeds, and 2 tablespoons of the oil, and season with salt and pepper. Spread the bread crumb mixture in an even layer over the pork, leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) border.
  3. Lay the prosciutto on another work surface, overlapping the slices to form a bed wide and long enough that will completely enclose the pork loin. Starting with a long side, roll up the pork loin and place it, seam side up, on top of the prosciutto. Keeping one hand on the pork so that it doesn’t unroll, wrap the prosciutto around it, taking care that the prosciutto adheres to the meat. Carefully place the pork, seam side down, in the center of the prepared pan. Season with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 300°F (150°C) and continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat registers 145°F (63°C), about 45 minutes longer.
  5. Just before removing the pork from the oven, in a bowl, toss together the arugula, dates, and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, and season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately scatter the arugula mixture all around the pork; the arugula will wilt from the residual heat. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and cut into slices. Place the arugula and dates on a platter and top with the pork. Serve right away.