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3 Traditional Italian Recipes for a Sunday Pork Dinner

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When I was growing up, in a traditional Italian Philadelphia family, nothing outside of pasta held a special place on the Sunday table — except a roast pork. Serving a slow-cooked, oven-roasted pork dinner is a rite of passage for the Italian chef in all of us, and one of the most respected meats you can add to the table.

It gets even better, though — the cuts used for this meal are less expensive than most and require nothing other than patience to offer a delicious dinner.

And every Philly Italian knows nothing tastes better with slow-roasted pork dinner than a dish of broccoli rabe and a side salad of greens, cucumber, and red onion covered in a simple Italian red wine vinaigrette. To offer any one of these recipes without the other two would be an Italian sacrilege.

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Below, you will find all three recipes. I hope you enjoy both the making and the eating of these dishes. This pork dinner has been a family tradition in my life for over fifty years — and this is my gift from my family to yours.

Italian Sunday Roast Pork Dinner

Serving a slow-cooked, oven-roasted pork dinner is a rite of passage for the Italian chef in all of us, and one of the most respected meats you can add to the table.

Category Dinner, Paleo
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Author V "Paleo Boss Lady" Capaldi

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4-5 pound pork butt or shoulder
  • 2 tablespoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground garlic
  • 1 tablespoon organic black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Mix all spices together in a bowl and set aside.

  3. Peel garlic and then make slits in pork. Place garlic inside slits.

  4. Quarter the onion and, with toothpicks, insert on top of the pork

  5. Sprinkle the pork with the above mixture using your fingers to rub it in.

  6. Place pork in a roasting pan and cook for 5 hours.

  7. Once done, use a fork to pull apart, enjoying the crusty outside and finger fork cooked inside.

Broccoli Rabe

Category Side Dish, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author V "Paleo Boss Lady" Capaldi

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • Sprinkle pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Fill saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Cut the ends of the of the broccoli rabe and blanch into the hot water.

  3. Immediately after, run under cold water.
  4. Melt ghee in bottom of saucepan.

  5. Add back broccoli rabe along with garlic and salt.

  6. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes and done.

Cucumber and Red Onion Salad

Category Paleo, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author V "Paleo Boss Lady" Capaldi

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 heads organic butter-leaf lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon organic dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon organic dried garlic
  • 1/2 cup organic olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice onion and cucumber very thin.
  2. Clean and tear lettuce into medium to large size pieces.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients and toss.
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PaleoBOSS Lady (PBL) has a Master of Art in Psychology with a focus on community. She considers herself a miracle since self-healing from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2012. Through conscious living PBL has overcome the odds and kicks MS to the curb everyday. PBL is 100% Italian, from Philadelphia, and born under the sign of Taurus - earning her the title of BOSS.

PaleoBOSS Lady proudly sits on the Board of Directors of The Wahls Foundation supporting the efforts of Dr. Terry Wahls who has had successful clinical trials healing autoimmune disorders using food based Paleo principles. In addition PBL co-wrote the training program for The Wahls Coaching Program with Dr. Terry Wahls and is a member of The Wahls Team creating worldwide change in healthcare.

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