Roast Pork on a Bed of Onions; I’m trying to have more fun

I made this last year, but, as so often happens, time slipped by before I did the post.

As it’s stuffed with fresh sage leaves, and roasted on a bed of onions, now seemed an appropriate time of year for it. My sage is at it’s peak and I have enough onions to last the rest of the year.

Instead of putting the pork roast on the usual rack, I laid it on sliced onions. They got brown and sweet with all the pork juices.

I used a small loin roast, 1 1/2 lbs and it cooked to the correct temperature in under an hour.

Roast Pork on a Bed of Onions

Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 pork loin roast, 24oz  (720gr)
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 6 – 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 thin slices Prosciutto
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Roast Pork on a Bed of Onions


  • Cut pork almost in half the long way and open it like a book
  • Spread the mustard on the bottom half.
  • Sprinkle the shallots over the mustard, than top with the sage leaves and ham.
  • Close the roast and tie with string.
  • Mix the herbs and spices and rub on the top.
  • Arrange onions in a single layer in a roasting pan.
  • Put pork on top and roast, 350F (175C) until done, 40-50 minutes…. Use a meat thermometer.
  • Temperature should be 145F (62C).
  • Remove, remove string and let rest for 10 minutes,
  • Slice and serve with onions spoon onions around and serve.

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Do any of you participate in line dancing? Or Western Dance as it’s called here in France?

Strange as it may seem (and it does to me) it’s extremely popular here. All of the little towns and villages seem to offer classes and hold exhibitions and competitions. (I have no idea if Parisians participate…)

It’s never particularly interested me, but a friend talked me into giving it a try,

And I am trying…..

First, (naturally) I googled it. It seems that there are specific song / dance combinations. One does not just dance any line dance to any song. If it’s X song it’s Y dance and no deviations allowed.

I don’t know who’s in charge of dictating and matching dance steps to songs, but, apparently, some one is.

I like country western music, but the songs we’ve been learning to dance to don’t really seem to fit that genre very well.

Maybe it’s modern country, and I haven’t listened to country since I left the U.S.

Well, other than Willie Nelson…. I’m rather fond of Willie Nelson.

I digress….

My problem, other than 2 left feet, (which can be overcome with practice) is that I’m kind of bored.

For those who don’t know…. One faces front and does a series of steps, then executes a 1/4 turn, and does them again, executes another 1/4 turn, does them again,  etc.,etc. until the song is over.

By the time I’m facing front again I’m trying to peak at my watch. (I don’t want to seem rude….)

Maybe it’s just that, as ‘debutantes’ (beginners) we’re learning really simple steps.

I am trying to like it…. I really am.

I used to love to dance, although I haven’t been anywhere to dance in years. I love waltzes and polkas and fox-trots and all the old dances where one could feel and move with the music.

I haven’t found the correlation yet. It feels like we’re doing a dance and there’s music playing at the same time, but no relationship.

But I’ve only been to 2 classes.

It’s a good activity, gets one out in the community, meeting new people, enjoying a bit of light exercise along with the conviviality and all that.

I should like it.

I can almost hear my mother saying ‘You will do this and you WILL have fun!’

I keep telling myself I need to get out more…..

It’s just that by the time the evening comes around (it’s at 7:30) I’d rather pour a cup of tea, put my feet up and watch an hour of NetFlix.

I’ll give it another week.

I did say I was going to have more fun….

I just thought that having more fun would BE more fun.

Last update on September 16, 2015

7 thoughts on “Roast Pork on a Bed of Onions; I’m trying to have more fun”

  1. It is far more fun when the dances occur between courses of a long French dinner, starting after the main course. By then the wine has flowed, no one worries about having 2 left feet and there are always enthusiastic teachers. The really serious dancers tend to group together and the rest just enjoy themselves. We experience this every second year at an old car event in the Loire – the dinner alternates with a less formal one followed by night “demonstrations”. I never remember the steps over two years and I know I would be bored by weekly classes. We all have different ideas of fun.

    My last pork roast was on a bed of small shallots and diced celeriac with a bit of cider to stop the vegetables becoming too caramelised. Next year when we are back I will try your version. I have had no success with growing sage at our other abode.

  2. Sounds like you need to find a ballroom dance group for your fun evenings. More variety and more musicality. Not knocking line dancing, which many love, but you like the other kind and I’m sure there are like-minded dancers in your area.

  3. That is too strange! When you said you were going to try line dancing or Western dance, I foolishly assumed that there would be bagpipes, a couple of fiddles and a tambour or two and that it was some sort of French country dancing (as in contredanse). I imagined gavottes, rondes, bourrées, maybe something daring like an Arabesque…. It never occurred to me that you would be dancing to Willie Nelson!

    I love the French!

    I also love the sound of roast pork on a bed of onions – again, I initially had a completely different idea when I first started reading. I thought your title ended with “bad onions” and that you were going to outline how to rescue onions that have gone off (like the crazily sprouting cooking onions we had in the kitchen when it got so hot and humid)

  4. Line dancing can be fun as you learn the basic moves you can add flourish to them but more fun is just being out there with friends old and new trying to be insync with each and the music. There is a Mexican line dance that eliminates the 1/4 turn and just does 1/2 turns and only has about three moves to the dance talk about boring! LOL. But you add the extra left feet and in some places the extra alcohol and it can be lots of fun or at least funny. what songs are you learning to? I am not a pork fan but this one sounds like it could be yummy

  5. Gill, part of my reluctance is I get hives if I exercise after eating – so those between course dances are out for me. And I would be forever explaining

    Can’t wait Kate!

    Zoomie, I need to find something, but not the night of my class and conversation group…. too much.

    Elizabeth, Willie Nelson would be fun,,,, I don’t don’t know or like the music lol

    Gayle, the songs are totally unfamiliar, I know no one and am 1 of 2 out of 25, that speaks English… Which would all be okay if I thought it was fun lol

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