December 12, 2011

Mediterranean Herbed Pork Roast & Staub 6.25 Quart Cocotte Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}

Staub Cocotte

This week I am talking about some holiday favorites. These are the favorite dishes we like to serve year after year at our holiday table and I think you might like them too. To add to the fun this week my friends at Big are generously donating a gorgeous purple 6.25 quart Staub Cocotte. I swear, these cast iron dutch ovens are the best for roasts, soups and even no-knead bread. I especially love the little tips on the lid that are designed specifically for braising! Entry rules are below so be sure to leave your comment. In the mean time, let’s talk about one of the holiday favorites recipes I use this gorgeous Staub for: pork roast!

Pork Roast

The beauty of this kind of roast is that it can so easily be thrown together in advance which is easy enough to do during naptime, or when you have a busy house of guests and not a lot of time to hover over the stovetop. When we made this the other day I put it together while my daughter was at school and slipped it in the oven toward the end of the day. I’ll probably do the same thing next week for Christmas – assemble it during naptime and cook it later. We loved how the pork was moist and aromatic after roasting all evening. It was the perfect easy dinner and will be great for a holiday meal!

Rules for Staub Cocotte Giveaway:

1. Leave a comment sharing what your favorite holiday dinner dish (sweet or savory!)

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9. The contest runs from Monday December 12th at 7:00am through Saturday December 17th at 7:00pm. Winner will be announced Sunday December 18th at 7:00am ET.

10. All winners will be selected by Winner has 48 hours to claim prize, or it will be awarded to someone else.

Disclosure: This gift was generously donated by the kind people at


 Mediterranean Herbed Pork Roast


3 to 4 pound boneless pork roast
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon of freshly cracked pepper
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 cup of water
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh oregano
1 sprig fresh rosemary


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Rub all sides of the pork roast with the salt and pepper.

2. On the stovetop heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed stockpot and sear the pork roast on each side for about four minutes, or until each one is golden brown.

3. Add in the garlic cloves and onion. Pour in the water, thyme and oregano and bring to a boil for a minute. Cover tightly and roast in the oven to 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Once the pork roast is done allow it to cool, slice and serve!


Naptime Stopwatch

2 hours


Naptime Reviews

This was a hit all around!


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