Slow-Roast Pork with Shallots, Garlic and Fennel Seeds

Author: Canadian Living

Fall-off-the-bone tender, this roast has a mellow garlic-and-shallot sauce that makes a smooth accompaniment. Roasting at a low temperature for four hours makes the meat extremely tender.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bone-in centre-cut pork loin roast (4 lb/2 kg)
  • 12 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 20 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Method

With mortar and pestle or bottom of heavy pan, crush fennel seeds; combine with thyme, salt and pepper. Pat evenly all over pork.

Cut half of the shallots into quarters; set aside. In large shallow Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; brown pork all over and remove to plate. Add garlic and whole and quartered shallots to pan; fry over medium heat, stirring constantly, until light golden, about 2 minutes. Drain off fat. Add chicken stock and wine, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Return roast to pan.

Cover and roast in 275°F (140°C) oven for 3 hours, basting every 30 minutes. Uncover and roast for 1 hour or until meat falls off bone when tested. Transfer roast to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Remove whole shallots and reserve for garnish.

In small bowl, mix butter with flour until smooth; whisk in one-quarter of the pan juices. Slowly whisk back into pan; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. With immersion blender or in blender, puree sauce until smooth. Serve with roast. Garnish with reserved whole shallots.

Nutritional facts about

  • Sodium 352 mg
  • Protein 34 g
  • Calories 320.0
  • Total fat 17 g
  • Cholesterol 102 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 7 g

%RDI

  • Iron 14.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 5.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 7.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Slow-Roast Pork with Shallots, Garlic and Fennel Seeds