Prep 20 mins
Cook 24 hrs
A Barefoot Contessa recipe. I saw her making this on TV and decided I just had to try it .
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- salt & fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves, fresh
- 1⁄4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1 (3 lb) boneless pork loin, trimmed and tied
- 3 small fennel bulbs, tops removed
- 8 carrots, peeled, and thickly sliced diagonally
- 10 small potatoes, cut in quarters (red or white)
- 2 onions, thickly sliced
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- With a mortar and pestle, or in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, grind together the garlic, 1 T. salt, and thyme leaves. Add the mustard. Spread the mixture over the loin of pork and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cut eh fennel bulbs in thick wedges, cutting through the core. Toss the fennel, carrots, potatoes, and onions in a bowl with the olive oil, melted butter, salt and pepper to taste. Place the vegetables in a large roasting pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add the pork loin to the pan and continue to cook for another 30 to 50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the pork reads exactly 138°F
- Remove the meat from the pan and return the vegetables to the oven to keep cooking. Cover the meat with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Remove the strings from the meat and slice it thickly. Arrange the meat and vegetables on a platter. Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve warm.
Divine recipe. Never used fennel before and I love it. A true company dish.
That Ina is some good cook! ;-) This is a relatively simple dish to prepare and it wowed my guests. I've long been curious about fresh fennel so now I know - I love it! Reviews from http://www.foodnetwork.com suggested reducing cooking time for the veggies so I did; down to 20 minutes. After adding the meat, I cooked it all for another 45 minutes to get the loin to 138ÂºF. This is a sure winner! Thanks for posting!