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Cook1 hr 30 mins
This is one of the best pork dishes I make. It has never failed to please (except the one time I drank too much vino and forgot to pull it from the oven...but that's another story! The flavors are really tremendous! If you need a bigger dish, double it to an 8 lb roast, just be sure to double the herb mixture! I always serve it with white beans cooked in tomatoes/garlic and sage....yummy!
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
- 2 teaspoons crushed fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 4 lbs center-cut boneless pork loin, with a thin layer of fat left intact
- 1⁄4 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock or 1 cup beef stock
- fresh ground black pepper
- FLAVOR STEP: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Rub all over the meat to provide it with a genrous coating.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Brush the meat with 2 tablespoons of the oil.
- Brush a shallow roasting pan with the remaining 1/2 tbs. oil and scatter the sliced garlic on the bottom to provide a bed for the roast.
- Lay the roast on the garlic, fat side up.
- Put the pan in the center of the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
- Turn the oven down to 300 F and roast for 1 1/4 hours longer if cooking a 4 pound roast, 2 hours longer for a double roast.
- Test the meat: when the center reads 145F to 150F on an instant read thermometer, remove the meat from the oven and cover it loosely with foil whil you prepare the sauce.
- PAN SAUCE: Pour off the fat and add the wine to the roasting pan and bring it to a boil over high heat, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
- Add the stock and cook until the sauce is reduced by half.
- Strain the sauce.
- Salt and pepper to taste and server over 1/4 inch slices of the meat!