A succulent pork roast dripping with the brilliant red juice of the blood orange, the tang of good mustard, the herbal earthiness of rosemary, and the sweetness of currants... Instant Pot Pork Roast With Blood Oranges is an elegant and approachable main dish to grace the table shared with your Valentine (or any time), and prepared in less time with your IP/pressure cooker!
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
~~ Virginia Woolf
As a food blogger, when January rolls around, I start thinking of food. Well, I'm always thinking of food, but in January, I'm thinking of "fancy" food. Not complicated food. Elegant food. A special dish or two. First, always, to please my love, but secondly to bring something special to all of you. Jump to the Recipe...
One of my favorite aspects of living in south Texas is the beautiful citrus. The cities and towns are surrounded by groves, and the variety is amazing! January brings blood oranges, and their gorgeous vermilion hue is perfect for Valentine's Day... Don't you agree?
I love pork and citrus. When I started putting this recipe together in my mind, pork seemed the perfect protein with the citrus. I often google ingredients - partly for confirmation that my idea isn't too far out of the main stream, but also to make sure there aren't already a million recipes out there.
The top result for pork + blood oranges is the Roast Pork Loin with Blood Orange Mostarda from the Food Network Kitchen. If you have followed me for any length of time, you are probably aware that I rarely adapt a recipe, but if I do, credit is always given. This is a gorgeous recipe. I feel confident that were you to follow the Food Network recipe, you would achieve amazing results!
So, the Roast Pork Loin with Blood Orange Mostarda provided the inspiration for my Instant Pot Pork Roast With Blood Oranges, though they are 2 very different dishes. I chose to use my Instant Pot rather than my oven. The sauce is created with blood oranges and garlic that roast with vegetables and the cooking liquid from the pressure cooker. My sauce is more tart than sweet (I reduced the amount of sweeteners), and it is slightly thickened with cornstarch rather than cooked down to a syrup.
I used the roasted blood oranges in the sauce, and garnished the plate with fresh oranges. The brussels sprouts, sweet potato, and multi-colored new potatoes paired well with the orange sauce, but feel free to make substitutions. The roasted vegetables cook in about the same amount of time as the pork... A truly elegant meal in under an hour!
If you are not fortunate to have access to blood oranges (they are not as widely available), your dish will be delicious using your favorite oranges. You will, however, miss the gorgeous vermilion hue. 🙂 If you're new to pressure cooking or looking for new pressure cooker recipes, I have quite a few in my archives...
For those of you on restricted diets, this recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and paleo friendly (starches in moderation only!)...
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