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Braised Pork Loin with Pears

  • servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of ground allspice
  • 1 boneless pork loin, about 2 pounds, tied
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups dry white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 15 small orange, red, and yellow carrots, peeled, trimmed if desired
  • 15 red pearl onions
  • 10 small parsnips, trimmed and peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
  • 6 red d'Anjou pears

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Combine salt and spices. Coat pork with the spice mixture, and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil. Add pork to pot. Sear pork until golden, turning with tongs, about 2 minutes per side. Stir in wine and bay leaves, scraping bottom of pot to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover, and simmer, basting meat with cooking liquid several times, 25 minutes. Remove pork from pot, and set aside.

  3. Step 3

    Stir in carrots, onions, parsnips, and garlic. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Make a well in center; return pork to pot. Quarter and core pears (peel and leave some whole if desired). Add pears, and simmer until pears are tender and a meat thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 145 degrees for medium, about 15 minutes. Let rest in pot 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Transfer the vegetables and pears to a platter with the sliced pork. Pour sauce through a fine sieve into a bowl; pour over pork.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2006

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