Earl Grey-Crusted Pork Loin with Fennel and Apples

The Earl Grey tea that coats this pork has an almost citrusy flavor that infuses the meat as it roasts. The apples in the pan get so tender that they’re almost applesaucy.

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  • Servings: 6 to 8

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  • 3 tablespoons finely ground Earl Grey tea
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • One 3 1/2-pound boneless pork loin roast, tied
  • 3 fennel bulbs, trimmed and cut through the core into 1-inch wedges
  • 3 firm, sweet cooking apples, such as Gala, quartered lengthwise and cored
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the tea with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. 
Rub all over the pork and set the meat fat side up on a large rimmed baking sheet. Let stand at room temperature for 45 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450°. Roast the 
pork for 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the fennel and apple wedges with the olive oil and thyme and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°. Scatter the fennel and apple wedges around the pork. Roast for about 35 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 135°. Transfer the pork to a carving board and let rest for 15 minutes. Discard the strings. Thinly slice the pork and serve with the fennel and apples.

Suggested Pairing

A light red wine like Beaujolais won’t overwhelm the pretty fragrance of the tea and fennel.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published February 2015

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