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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148 Responses to “Mediterranean Herbed Pork Roast & Staub 6.25 Quart Cocotte Giveaway {Naptime Entertaining}”

  1. Sommer Jones says:

    My favorite holiday dish are mince pies with homemade mincemeat and pastries. Delicious and Santa loves them.

  2. Eila Johnson says:

    i love making a slowly-simmered beef stew the day of Christmas eve. the house smells amazing + it warms everyone up on a blustery winter’s day. 

  3. Jenny says:

    My favorite holiday dishes are pecan pie, cranberry sauce, stuffing…too many to choose from.

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  5. Dee H. says:

    FB fan, my favorite dish is a good savory dressing w. onion and sage.  Sometimes I make it and add extra chicken meat so it’s a meal in itself.  

  6. Ashley Slane says:

    We always make Perry’s Pudding – really basic ingredients baked together in a casserole dish – bread cubed and smothered in butter, tomato sauce, brown sugar. Baked in the oven till bubbly and crispy on the edges. This is so decadent and goes wonderfully with filet mignon.

  7. Jess @ Floptimism says:

    It wouldn’t be the holidays without at least one Hannukkah brisket – my mom still makes the best I’ve ever tasted!

  8. Abpowell09 says:

    Spiced apples made with the red hot candies have always been one of my favorite holiday dishes! My grandmother made them every Christmas and now my dad does. Delicious!

  9. Cass0289 says:

    I love the traditional stuffing.

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  14. Jen says:

    I love really decadent bread puddings this time of year, especially when they are smothered in a sauce

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  16. Kat says:

    HI Kelsey!  We love an apricot, cranberry, OJ roasted pork loin with brussell sprouts and mashed maple sweet potatoes!

    I have been subscribed to your Naptime Chef newsletter since your last Emma reunion!  Will check on FB! 

    Have a great holiday season and thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

  17. LauraS says:

    We’re become obsessed with Holiday Pork Posole.  So easy, so delicious – and feeds a crowd!

  18. KatieLars says:

    Hi Kelsey!
     My favorite holiday dish is actually an appetizer I learned from my mom: Caviar Pie.  Using a spring form pan layer a softened cream cheese and sour cream base, with chopped onions, hardboiled eggs, and caviar, repeat two times. Serve with rye toast points! Yummy!

  19. Lfreeman says:

    Hi Kelsey- My favorite is my mom’s brisket and latkes! A holiday comfort combination!!!!!!

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  22. Amy Cutting says:

    pumpkin pie (or cheesecake) – love it!!! 

  23. heather says:

    My mom’s brown sugar cinnamon kringle, without a doubt.

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  26. Julie @BananasforBourbon says:

    Double baked potatoes.  It’s tradition!

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  28. Genoa Blankenship says:

    Homemade tamales for Christmas Eve and a dynamite salad with pear, blue cheese and sugared walnuts.

  29. ilona t says:

    chocolate chip pie!

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    Super Fan & on FB too Crossing my fingers I needs to get my cooks on 🙂 Ha

  33. Ellie A says:

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  34. Errinfiend says:

    My favorite holiday dinner dish is baked ham.  I love the extra crispy bits right out of the oven. :9  yum!

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  38. April V says:

    I love a sweet potato souffle!!

  39. What a gorgeous pot, I hope I win!  Does a mimosa count for a dish?  😉

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  42. Sarah H.P. says:

    One of my favorite holiday dishes is my mom’s sweet potato casserole! I love almost all the dishes available during the holiday’s so I could list lots more!

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  44. Dkkporter says:

    I love a nice slice of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding at Christmas!

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  46. Meighan Daly says:

    slow simmered spiced cider

  47. aLICE says:

    I love homemade cranberry sauce the best! 🙂 We make it ourselves and fresh for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! 🙂

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  51. Rachael says:

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  54. My favorite holiday dish is Prime Rib and Yorkshire puddings.  Yummy!

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  59. RoChele says:

    My favorite holiday dish is green bean casserole! I’m a vegan so I have to make everything from scratch with vegan substitutes so it is already better than using canned cream of mushroom soup. ;P

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  61. Christine Podolski says:

    I love all the casseroles and gravy at the holidays!  My fiance calls it gravy season because I’m making gravy with everything so I get the formula right for the big dinners!

  62. Heather Hicks says:

    My favorite holiday dinner dish is pot roast.

  63. says:

    Potato, Thyme and Apple Latkes…

    Makes: 12 / Preparation time: 15 minutes 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper2 tablespoons matzo meal (or flour if matzo meal is not available)2 tablespoons fresh chopped thymeIn a food processor, grate the potatoes, onion, carrots and apples; season with …

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  66. Jessica W says:

    mine really happens for my new year’s day feast. i only make this once a year because it is so rich and delicious, but it would have to be my cheese grits casserole

  67. Aggie223 says:

    I love all the homemade dishes! Ham is fantastic, and the homemade enchiladas and tamales on my husband’s side are good enough to look forward to for 12 months!

  68. domesticdiva says:

    I love pumpkin custard.  I also love roasted brussells sprouts.

  69. Rachel H says:

    My grandma’s ham loaf.

  70. Dena Fife says:

    Mine is a side dish, cabernet cranberries

  71. Heather says:

    My favorite is my mom’s red velvet cake baked from scratch.

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  76. Stacy says:

    This will sound simple, but a pot of soup and some good crusty bread. Simple and delicious for cold winter nights!

  77. bev f says:

    My favorite Christmas dish is spicy corn casserole

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  80. Annettemrosendahl says:

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  81. N Larma says:

    I like turkey stuffing the best!

  82. Lisa C says:

    Hi! My favorite holiday dinner dish is roasted sweet potatoes!! 🙂 I really want to try to make this pork roast too! 🙂 I am already a fb fan and subscribe to the newsletter! 

  83. Deborah says:

    So many favorites! I love all the appetizers, cheese plates, desserts…it’s not the holidays without homemade cookies and my mom’s coffee cake.

  84. Deborah says:

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  85. Deborah says:

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  86. Schmidty says:

    Just love sweet potato casserole with lots of butter, cream, brown sugar, and pecans.  No marshmallows!

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  88. Denise B says:

    How to choose?  I love the holidays!  Broccoli rice casserole, sweet potatoes, rolls, pies, yum, yum, yum!

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  96. jules p says:

    OUr family’s favorite holiday dish is our homemade dressing. We love it so much!

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  99. cindyskitchen says:

    My favorite holiday dinner dish is Bourbon-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  102. Robin Whiting says:

    My favorite Holiday dish is my moms sweet potatoes!

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  107. Lisa Evanoff says:

    My favorite Christmas dish would be Kielbasa…my Ukrainian grandmother always had it and we carry on the tradition

  108. Charlotte says:

    I think your pork roast might just be this year’s main course!  And while I just buy it in a carton, we always have peppermint ice cream after dinner.

  109. Tengberg says:

    We love Creamed Oysters. It was one of my grandmother’s specialties. 

  110. my husband’s favorite holiday dish is the cornbread & meat stuffing I make, while mine is the PuertoRican-style roast pork shoulder (pernil) I make for Christmas Eve dinner.

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  113. Bebe says:

    I love eggnog lattes!

  114. Miranda says:

    When you say you assembled the recipe ahead of time, what parts did you do? Thanks!

  115. Kathleen says:

    that roast sounds delicious

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  117. My favorite dish is sweet potatoes, roasted!

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  119. shalo says:

    I’m a fan on facebook and my favorite holiday dinner dish is scalloped potatoes the day after christmas.  My grandmother always makes ham for christmas day but I love the leftovers more!!!

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  121. Ngoc Nguyen says:

    My favorite holiday dish is baked Mac, ham, broc, and cheese, could eat the whole thing myself 😉

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  122. claire says:

    Baking gingerbread men is fun!

  123. Stef says:

    My favorite holiday dish is sweet potato casserole! It’s like dinner! 

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  139. Cjbsrn says:

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