Roast Pork & Mashed Potato with Molasses-Stewed Collard Greens

Roast Pork & Mashed Potato

with Molasses-Stewed Collard Greens

40 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

The classic, comforting pairing of pork and potatoes is always sure to hit the spot. Here, for an exciting Southern twist, we’re serving our roast pork and mashed potatoes over a bed of molasses-stewed collard greens. Cooking the greens with rich demi-glace and molasses—a thick, sweet syrup with an almost smoky quality—turns the hearty leaves deliciously tender, while infusing them with complex, bold flavor.

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  • Calories
    740 Cals (est.)
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Sear & roast the pork:
1 Sear & roast the pork:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on all sides. In a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork; cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a foil-lined sheet pan, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan on the stove. Roast 18 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through. (An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.) Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board; let rest for at least 5 minutes.

Prepare the ingredients:
2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the pork sears, wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Large dice the potato. Peel and small dice the carrot. Remove and discard the collard green stems; roughly chop the leaves.

Cook & mash the potato:
3 Cook & mash the potato:

While the pork roasts, add the potato to the pot of boiling water and cook 14 to 16 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Off the heat, add the butter; using a fork, mash the mixture to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Stew the collard greens:
4 Stew the collard greens:

Once the potato has cooked for about 5 minutes, heat the pan of reserved fond on medium-high until hot. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Add the carrot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the collard greens, demi-glace, vinegar, molasses and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the collard greens have wilted and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Finish & plate your dish:
5 Finish & plate your dish:

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) of the rested pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Divide the mashed potato, stewed collard greens and sliced pork between 2 dishes. Top with any remaining sauce from the pan of collard greens. Enjoy!

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Sear & roast the pork:
1 Sear & roast the pork:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on all sides. In a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork; cook, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer to a foil-lined sheet pan, leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan on the stove. Roast 18 to 20 minutes, or until cooked through. (An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.) Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board; let rest for at least 5 minutes.

2 Prepare the ingredients:

While the pork sears, wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a small pot of salted water to boiling on high. Large dice the potato. Peel and small dice the carrot. Remove and discard the collard green stems; roughly chop the leaves.

3 Cook & mash the potato:

While the pork roasts, add the potato to the pot of boiling water and cook 14 to 16 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Off the heat, add the butter; using a fork, mash the mixture to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

4 Stew the collard greens:

Once the potato has cooked for about 5 minutes, heat the pan of reserved fond on medium-high until hot. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Add the carrot; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the collard greens, demi-glace, vinegar, molasses and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the collard greens have wilted and the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in a warm place.

Stew the collard greens:
5 Finish & plate your dish:

Find the lines of muscle (or grain) of the rested pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Divide the mashed potato, stewed collard greens and sliced pork between 2 dishes. Top with any remaining sauce from the pan of collard greens. Enjoy!

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