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Playing Roast Pork with Orange Pine Nut Sauce


  • 1 boneless pork loin 2-2 1/2 pounds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram or oregano
  • 1 head garlic, ends trimmed to expose cloves
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley


Serves: 4 servings


Place the pork in shallow dish. Combine the fennel, chopped garlic, orange zest, thyme and marjoram in a small bowl. Season the pork liberally with salt and pepper and cover with spice and herb mixture. Marinate the pork for 1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 400F. Place the head of the garlic on foil and douse with a liberal drizzle of EVOO, season with salt and pepper, wrap and roast for 45 minutes.

Toast the pine nuts in a small pan over medium heat until golden. Reserve.

In a skillet that may be transferred to oven, heat EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Brown pork loin on both sides 7-8 minutes, then add wine to pan, stock, orange juice and raisins. Transfer to oven for 30-35 minutes until meat thermometer reads 145.

Let the meat rest. Squish the garlic away from the skin. Mash the roasted garlic into a smooth paste. Mix the garlic paste into the sauce. Chop the toasted pine nuts and stir the chopped nuts and parsley into the sauce, as well. Slice the pork 1/8 inch thick and spoon sauce over 3-4 slices.