Roast Pork Loin with Saba
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN plus overnight marinating
- SERVINGS: 4
Efisio Farris's sister Angela uses her own homemade saba (reduced grape must) to add tangy-sweet richness to a glaze for pork tenderloin. "The saba and Mediterranean herbs combine to give a deep traditional flavor to this 'modern' cut of pork," Farris says.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 thyme sprigs
- 4 rosemary sprigs
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons saba or vincotto (see Note)
- One 2-pound pork loin
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 cup vegetable stock or low-sodium broth
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the olive oil with the thyme, rosemary, garlic, bay leaf and 2 tablespoons of the saba. Add the pork and turn to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning a few times.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Remove the pork from the marinade; reserve the marinade. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned all over, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the red wine to the skillet and bring to a boil over high heat, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add the vegetable stock and the reserved marinade and bring to a boil. Add the pork, fat side up, and roast in the oven for about 50 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the loin registers 140°.
- Transfer the pork to a rimmed baking sheet and let rest for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid from the skillet into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add 1/4 cup of the saba and stir in the cornstarch slurry. Simmer the sauce, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the broiler. Brush the top of the roast with 2 tablespoons of the saba and broil for about 1 minute, or until glazed. Turn the roast, brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons of saba and broil for 1 minute. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes. Carve the roast and serve with the sauce.
The saba in this juicy pork recipe adds a dark, winey fruitiness, making it an ideal match for one of Sardinia's robust red blends. Look for one that combines Carignano and Syrah or Bovale Sardo, Carignano and Cannonau.
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