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Fennel And Garlic Roasted Pork Loin

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I found a beautiful 3-pound boneless pork loin I just couldn’t pass up. I knew Steve and I wouldn’t be able to finish off that much pork so I decided I’d cook the whole pork loin. The first dish I’m making a Roasted Pork Loin With Fennel And Garlic served with my Farro With Cranberries Pineapple And Pistachios.

The marinade for this recipe is one I use for either a bone-in or boneless pork loin. It imparts a perfect balance of flavors, so why would I mess up a good thing?

There will definitely be pork leftover so I’m playing around with a couple of spin-off dishes I could make using the flavors from this recipe. That story’s for another time.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: roasting pan with a rack, 1 (10-cup) food processor, instant-read thermometer, Microplane, chef’s knife, whisk

Ingredients:
1 (3-pound) boneless pork loin
1 tablespoon of fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped for garnish

Ingredients For Pan Gravy:
Drippings from the roasted pork
4 tablespoons of  butter, unsalted
4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Allow the boneless pork loin to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Set the pork fat side up in a roasting pan, on a rack, just large enough to hold it comfortably.

In the bowl of a food processor, fitted with the metal blade process the garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, and fennel seeds, until roughly chopped. Next, add the Dijon mustard, olive oil, Kosher salt, and black pepper until they form a smooth paste.

Smear the paste all over the top and sides of the pork loin. Roast for 40 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 140-degrees F. Remove from the oven, transfer to a cutting board, and cover with foil. Let rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Directions For Pan Gravy:
While the pork is resting, remove the rack from the roasting pan. Over medium-high heat add butter to the roasting pan. Once the butter’s melted, stir the flour into the pan. Using a wire whisk, cook, stirring constantly, until the flour/butter mixture becomes blonde in color, whisking and scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pan, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually, add the chicken stock, continue to whisk, and heat to boiling. Boil for 1 minute or until gravy thickens. Season with Kosher salt and black pepper.

Arrange three slices of the Fennel And Garlic Roasted Pork Loin, over a bed of Farro With Cranberries, Pineapple, And Pistachios. Finish with a ladle of pan gravy and garnish with Italian flat-leaf parsley.

Fennel And Garlic Roasted Pork With Asparagus And Penne Pasta

Farro With Cranberries, Pineapple, And Pistachios

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Boneless Pork Loin Three Ways

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Above are pictures of three finished dishes using the same piece of pork loin.

When I shop for a center-cut boneless pork loin, I look for one that weighs around 3 pounds. They normally come with a layer of fat on the top, which adds lots of flavor to your recipe. I do however like to trim the fat cap and any silver skin off because it’s tough to eat. Other than that, it was a beautiful cut of meat.

I knew Steve and I wouldn’t be able to eat all that pork so my plan was to make it into 3 completely different dishes from the same boneless pork loin.

On the first day, I made a spice rub using ground fennel, garlic, rosemary, and lemon zest for the outside of the pork loin. After searing off all sides of the pork, I transferred the pan to the oven to finish cooking. I served the pan-roasted pork over a cranberry and pineapple farro drizzled with a delicious pork gravy made with the drippings from the pan. This is my Fennel And Garlic Roasted  Pork Loin.

The second day I made a pasta dish that included the leftover roasted pork, tomatoes, and asparagus, called Fennel And Garlic Roasted Pork With Asparagus And Penne.

On the third day, I turned the pork into an Asian inspired dish. A Quick Orange Glaze Pork Stir-Fry.

So basically, three weeknight meals using the same piece of pork but creating three totally different dishes. You never want to feel like you’re eating the same meal night after night.

Roasted Pork Loin With Fennel And Garlic

Farro With Cranberries, Pineapple, And Pistachios

Fennel And Garlic Roasted Pork With Asparagus And Penne

Quick Orange Glazed Pork Stir-Fry

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