There is a peach tree in my backyard, and for the past few weeks I have been paying more attention to it than usual. Ever since those tiny green peaches appeared on its branches, I have been counting the days until they are ripe enough to be picked and eaten. I've been daydreaming about all of the ways that I am going to use them once they are ready—pies, cobblers, sliced in salads.
When I came across this recipe for peached pork in Francis Mallmann's Seven Fires, my peach anticipation was taken to a whole new level. I am not generally a pork loin fan; it's typically dry and dull. But scented with rosemary and garlic and served with caramelized peaches? I cannot wait for my peaches to ripen so I can try this one for myself!
- 1 boneless pork loin roast, about 2 pounds, butterflied
- 8 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
- 7 to 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 small peaches, skin on, cut in half and pitted
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Lay the meat on a work surface and trim off all fat and membrane. Using a meat mallet, pound to an even thickness of 3/4 inch.
Combine the garlic, rosemary, and 6 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl. Season the pork with salt and pepper to taste, and spread half of the garlic mixture evenly over the surface. Flip the meat, season with salt and pepper, and cover with the remaining garlic mixture.
Brush a chapa (a flat piece of cast iron set over a fire) or a 12-inch square or two-burner rectangular cast-iron griddle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium heat until a drop of water sizzle on the surface. Add the meat to the hot surface and cook until it is well browned and crusty on the first side, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, arrange the peaches around the meat, cut side down. Dot the butter around and in between the peaches and let them cook until nicely charred on the cut side and slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter, and cover to keep warm.
When the meat is well browned on the first side, turn and cook on the other side, adding another tablespoon of olive oil if needed, for about 7 minutes, or until done to taste. Transfer the meat to a carving board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 3 minutes.
Slice the meat and serve the peaches alongside.