Pork Roast en Cocotte

It’s Fall. Time for a fan fave.

Slow braise on top of the stove. 2-3 lb. pork loin roast, bone-in.

Cut slits in the fat side of the roast and insert slivers of fresh garlic and a couple whole black peppercorns in each. Push them into the slits.

Brown roast on all sides in olive oil on high heat in a large stock pot.

Remove to a plate.

Into the stockpot, add chopped leek, small onion, celery greens, carrot, parsnip for a mirepoix bed. Brown.

Add a few more peppercorns.

Pour in 1 cup chicken broth, stir vegetables.

Put roast on top of vegetables, cover and bring to boil.

Turn to lowest heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add 3-4 coarsely chopped carrots, celery stalks, quartered onions, 6-8 small red potatoes, or quarter 3 large.

Season with a little dried thyme, salt to taste.

Cover and simmer for another hour or until vegetables are cooked but not mushy.

 

Options.

I sometimes use white wine with broth, but never too much liquid, about a cup or two total.

A chopped parsnip is also good with the carrots and other vegetables.

Chopped turnips can be substituted for the potatoes.

Fresh garden peas can be added 15 minutes before serving.

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