Traditional Pork Coppa Roast

June 22, 2023 • 0 comments

Traditional Pork Coppa Roast
Pork coppa roast is the most delicious cut of pork you’ve never tasted. An extension of the loin, this cut runs through the pork shoulder. Because it is in the shoulder, coppa has a lot of fat and is a muscle that gets used a lot, resulting in abundant flavor. The delicious taste of what is already a quite special cut of pork is further elevated by Lick Skillet Farm protocols of raising heritage hogs in gourmet salad bar pastures and never feeding the animals corn or soy. There are a myriad of ways to prepare a pork coppa roast; here is the traditional roasting recipe from Piacenza, Italy.
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  • Heritage breed pasture-raised pork coppa (2-3 lb) cut
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Aromatic herbs
  • Glass of white wine


Congratulations!  You have already completed the first step in preparing a traditional pork coppa roast: you have purchased a heritage breed pasture-raised pork coppa cut from Lick Skillet Farm!

Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black peppercorns, to taste.

If using fresh aromatic herbs, cut three pieces of string and place them in parallel lines across a roasting pan and then place the seasoned roast into the roasting pan on top of the three pieces of string.

Place the aromatic herbs of your choice lengthwise along the pork coppa roast – we used sprigs of fresh rosemary and dry thyme, because that is what we had on hand – and tie the three pieces of string to keep the aromatic herbs in place.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Pick your seasoned roast up out of the roasting pan and place it into a dry skillet.  Turn up the heat to medium-high. Do not add oil: The pork coppa will release its own fat! Saute until a golden-brown sear is achieved; this should only take a few minutes.

Flip the roast over, aromatic herb side down, and pour a glass of white wine into the skillet.  Saute until the wine has evaporated.

Return the roast, aromatic side up, to the roasting pan, and place in the oven. Roast your pork coppa for at least one hour; then, check for doneness to determine exactly how much more time is needed, as oven temperatures vary and you do not want to burn this extra special recipe!  In our test kitchen, we achieved pork coppa roast perfection after approximately 3 hours.

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