The technique for adding more flavor to this pork roast is similar to larding, except that instead of fat, garlic and ground fennel seed are inserted into slits in the meat. Fennel is commonly used to season pork (think of sweet Italian sausages), but fresh rosemary or sage is also appropriate; chop the herbs to insert into the slits and then chop some more to season the rest of the meat. Roast beef is especially nice when larded with garlic and herbs in this way.
We used a pork loin that was about 3 1/2 pounds and 7 inches long, with 5 bones. Have the butcher French the bones for you and cut the chine bones so the loin can be easily cut into chops after roasting.
What You'll Need:
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Use a sharp knife to make 24 slits evenly all over pork, including the ends, and insert a sliver of garlic and a small pinch of ground fennel seed into each one.
Place pork on a rimmed baking sheet or in a roasting pan and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part (avoiding bone) registers 130 degrees, 45 to 60 minutes. (Start checking temperature after 40 minutes so you can better gauge its progress.)