Luscious Pork Loin w/veggies, Gravy, Drop biscuits w/Italian Seasoning
Oven ~ 375 degrees
Pork loin ~ seasoned with Adobo seasning, Mrs. Dash, Sea Salt, Coarsely ground black Pepper, Lemon Pepper, Italian Seasoning sprinkled on bottom, place in 13×9 casserole dish that has been sprayed with non stick oil
Bake uncovered 30 minutes while preparing veggies:
1 1/2 c. chopped onion, 8 thick carrots thick sliced, 8 stalks celery sliced about 1/2″ thick
Remove Pork Loin from oven and empty evenly 1 can Italian Diced Tomatoes around meat. Then stir up veggies together and spread evenly around meat. Replace in oven uncovered for 40 minutes.
Prepare 10-12 potatoes; peel, 1 ” slice and then 1/4 each slice and rest in water to keep from browning. Add a bit of salt to the 2nd water bath; rinse potatoes off with original water they were in.
Remove meat/veggies from oven and spread evenly potatoes over entire casserole. Cover with heavy foil and bake for another 40 minutes.
During final baking time prepare biscuits and gravy.
Biscuits ~ are actually from my Dad & Mom’s Biscuit Bread Recipe but I did drop bisuits instead of placing batter in skillet>
In mixing bowl combine 2 c. All Purpose flour, 1 tsp. salt, 2-3 T bkg. pdr., (optional: shake in a bit of pepper, Italian Seasoning~that’s what I did today, anyway). Stir all dry ingredients together with serving spoon then add 3 T Crisco shortening and cut in well with pastry blender. Gradually mix in approximately 1 c. sour milk. Let sit a few minutes, about 10, helps batter to set and rise a bit, fluff up. While it sits, prepare muffin pan with nonstick spray. Drop biscuits into muffin sections using all of the batter pretty evenly. When there is about 15 minutes left of cooking time for Pork Loin/Veggies place biscuits in oven.
While waiting for these things to be ready, begin the gravy in a skillet. Pour in a bit of Canola Oil and heat on medium heat, add enough flour to soak up the liquid stirring from time to time until browning begins adding just a few shakes each of S&P. When desired browning is arrived add 1 c. cold water stirring well, turn heat to low. Okay, meat/veggies should be out of oven and you should have had time to remove veggies placing into your desired serving dish and meat transferred onto your platter. Remember, gravy is waiting for you. Add all the juices from your casserole dish, stirring well, I’m using a whisk at this time. If you see that your gravy is a bit thicker than you like you should add more water. FYI ~ Adding the cold water at the beginning keeps the lumps away.
Take it all to the table. Now it’s time to turn the oven off and remove biscuits from oven, place in bread basket, and cut enough pats of butter (12) for each one. Oh yeah, they fall apart.
Come and get it!!!
Okay, have you been keeping up with the amount of time we’ve been cooking? Now compare that with the 15, yep you read that right FIFTEEN, minutes it takes to scarf it down; or 20 to lanquish over it. Amazing, huh?