Peameal Bacon is a cured pork loin rolled in peameal. In the United States they call it Canadian Bacon. If you’re Canadian, of course you know what it is. But, some Canadians may not have thought about roasting one in the oven. I hadn’t, until my college friend Christine brought one from home and cooked it for dinner. Since she grew up on a dairy farm, I knew Roasted Peameal Bacon had to be good. Farmers know food and I had lots of great meals at her place. That was a FEW years ago now but I’ve never forgotten how good it was!
This is a really inexpensive cut of meat. And seriously, you can take it out of the package (being careful to remove the almost invisible roll of plastic wrap around it, as I’ve learned from one unfortunate mistake) and roast it uncovered, just like it is. That’s it. Too easy. Make sure you pat it dry before roasting to ensure it browns properly.
Glazed Peameal Bacon
But, if you add a little glaze to the outside, it helps seal the meat which is important for cuts like this with little fat. My favourite way to glaze any pork meat is a mixture of jam and mustard. Any kind of jam, any kind of mustard. For this I’m using grainy Dijon and raspberry jam. I like this combo because they both have seeds and they match well with the grainy cornmeal crust on the outside of the meat. And it’s the right combination of zesty and sweet.
Roast it at 400 for about 15 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 for half an hour. After 45 minutes mix equal parts of jam and mustard and smear it all over the outer cornmeal crust, return to the oven and roast for about 20 more minutes. Don’t add the glaze at the beginning, otherwise it will be quite burnt by the time the peameal is cooked. Peameal Bacon is raw so you need to roast it at least an hour to ensure it’s cooked properly. You don’t need to cover Peameal Bacon when it’s roasting.
The outer crust holds the moisture inside so the meat is really juicy when you slice it. Just like any roasted meat it needs to be rested before slicing to allow time for the juices to move back into the centre of the roast.
This is perfect served with Mac and Cheese. I mean, you have the oven on already, right?
Here’s the recipe:
Roasted Peameal Bacon
- 2 lb cured pork loin or peameal bacon
- 1 Tbsp grainy mustard
- 1 Tbsp raspberry jam any jam and mustard combination is good
- Unwrap peameal and remove any plastic wrap around meat. Pat dry.
- Turn oven to 400° on roast setting. Place meat in baking dish skin side up. Roast uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Reduce heat to 350° and roast an additional 30 minutes.
- Mix together mustard and jam. Spread evenly over peameal, including ends. Roast another 20 minutes until top is sizzling and browning.
- Let meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.