Roast Pork Loin with Pears and Cranberries

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyEasy
2½ to 3 pounds pork loin, trimmed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
3 ripe Anjou pears, quartered and cored
2 medium onions, diced (about 3 cups)
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup dried cranberries
3 tablespoons grainy mustard

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 190°C. Pat the pork loin dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Add olive oil to a large oven-proof skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When very hot, add the pork and brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a platter.

Adjust the heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the pear wedges in a single layer and cook, turning once, until the pears are tender and begin to brown slightly, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the platter with the pork.

Stir the onions and rosemary into the skillet and cook until the onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Place the pork back in the skillet and spoon the pears around the pork. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 60°C, about 50 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board; let rest at least 20 minutes while you make the pan sauce. Transfer the pears to a large platter.

Place the skillet over high heat and reduce the broth by half, about 6 minutes. Add the cranberries and mustard to the skillet; continue to cook until the mixture begins to thicken, about 5 more minutes. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Slice the pork and serve with the sauce.

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