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Rosemary Pork Roast with Fennel and Green Olives

Recipe by Sara Schneider


To set off the pine-forest aromatics, fresh herbs, and fine tannins of Cab Franc, we
slather pork loin with resiny rosemary and set it on a bed of fennel. The wild card:
green olives. Trust us.

3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 boned pork loin roast (about 3 lbs.), strings removed, rinsed, and drained
Kosher salt and pepper
⅓ lb. thinly sliced prosciutto
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 lbs. fresh fennel, bulbs stemmed, cored, and cut into wedges, plus ½ cup chopped
2 cups dry white wine
1 cup pitted green olives, halved

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Mix rosemary and garlic in a small bowl. Sprinkle one side of roast lightly with salt and
pepper. Spread with half the rosemary-garlic mixture, pressing it on. Drape half the prosciutto lengthwise over
loin. Holding the prosciutto on the roast, turn it over. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper, spread remaining
rosemary mixture over the top, and drape with remaining prosciutto. Tie roast at 1½-inch intervals with heavy
cotton string, tucking prosciutto into place.

2. Pour oil into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add roast and cook until prosciutto is crisp and beginning
to brown on the bottom. Turn roast and cook until other side is crisp and browned, about 5 minutes total.
Transfer to a plate.

3. Add fennel bulbs to frying pan and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Spread in a
large roasting pan. Add wine to frying pan and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up browned bits. Pour over fennel.
Set pork loin on top.

4. Bake until a thermometer inserted in the center of the roast reaches 135° for medium, about 45 minutes. Transfer
roast to a board and let rest in a warm place 15 minutes (temperature will rise to 140°).

5. Meanwhile, set roasting pan over 2 burners on high heat, and cook, stirring often, until liquid is almost evaporated,
5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in olives and fennel fronds.

6. Cut string from roast, slice, and serve with fennel mixture.

WINE Lang & Reed 2009 Cabernet Franc (North Coast; $24). A juicy wine full of cherries and berries underpinned

with violets, foresty underbrush, and a little leather, from a label devoted to Cab Franc. The winery’s 2008 “Two-Fourteen”

bottle ($40) is a velvety, complex treat, worth the extra dollars.

Sunset Magazine, March 2012

“Wine in the West” A red for right now

Article – page 81 Recipe – page 82

By Sara Schneider

Photographs by Annabelle Breakey
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