Caraway Crusted Pork Loin, Stewed Cabbage, Sauteed Apples, Caraway Mustard Sauce and Yellow Bean Salad with Warm Vinaigrette


TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 45 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive Prep: 15 min
Cook: 2 hr 50 min
 
YIELD: 4
LEVEL: Difficult

ingredients

CARAWAY CRUST:
  • 2 bulbs garlic, tops cut off
  • Oil, for drizzling
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds, toasted and ground in a mortar and pestle
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    CARAWAY CRUSTED PORK LOIN:
    • One 4-pound pork loin, rack separated
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      STEWED CABBAGE:
      • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
      • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
      • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, toasted and ground in a mortar and pestle
      • 1/2 red onion, julienned
      • 1/2 red cabbage, finely chopped
      • 1 cup chicken stock
      • 1/4 cup white wine
      • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      • 2 tablespoons sugar
      • 7 sprigs fresh thyme
      • 1 stick cinnamon
      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
        SAUTEED APPLES:
        • 1 tablespoon butter
        • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
        • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 8 wedges
        • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
        • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
        • Freshly ground black pepper
          CARAWAY MUSTARD SAUCE:
          • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
          • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
          • 1/2 teaspoon honey
          • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
          • Pinch ground caraway
            YELLOW BEAN SALAD WITH WARM VINAIGRETTE:
            • 2 tablespoons olive oil
            • 1 shallot, minced
            • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and roughly chopped
            • Juice of 1 lemon
            • 1 pound yellow beans, trimmed and blanched
            • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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            Directions

            For the caraway crust: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

            Place each bulb of garlic on a piece of tin foil, drizzle oil over and season with salt. Wrap the tin foil tightly around the bulbs, place in the oven and roast until golden and soft, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven. Squeeze the roasted garlic into a small bowl; add the caraway seeds, brown sugar and mustard and mix to incorporate. Set aside until ready to crust the pork loin.

            For the caraway crusted pork loin: Preheat the oven to 410 degrees F.

            Score the pork fat in a crosshatch pattern, 1-inch apart. Spread and rub the caraway crust all over the pork loin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the pork rack on the bottom of a large roasting dish, place the pork loin on the pork rack and place in the oven. After 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. Once the crust has browned, after about 30 minutes, place a piece of tin foil over the top to prevent the crust from burning. Roast until the pork is cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees F, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the oven and rest 15 minutes before slicing.

            For the stewed cabbage: Heat the oil in a large, wide-mouthed saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, ground caraway and onions and cook until the onions are tender and translucent. Add the cabbage and stir to incorporate the ingredients. Add the chicken stock, white wine and apple cider vinegar and stir. Add the sugar, sprigs of thyme and cinnamon stick and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the cabbage becomes tender and liquid has mostly reduced, about 20 minutes.

            For the sauteed apples: Heat the butter and oil in a saute pan over medium to high heat. Add the apples and saute until slightly caramelized and tender. Add the sugar and apple cider vinegar, season with pepper, stir and remove from the heat.

            For the caraway mustard sauce: Place the yogurt, mustard, honey, thyme and caraway in a bowl and mix together. Reserve.

            For the yellow bean salad with warm vinaigrette: Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender and translucent. Add the olives and lemon juice to the pan. Allow the liquid to reduce slightly, add the blanched yellow beans, toss and remove from the heat.

            Slice the pork loin and serve with the stewed cabbage, sauteed apples, caraway mustard sauce and yellow bean salad with warm vinaigrette.

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            • on April 24, 2012

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              Excellent!!! Since there is only 2 of us I used a tenderloin; gave it a quick sear and coated with the mustard/caraway mixture; and then put it in a 350 oven for 15-20 min. It was delicious. The apples came out terrific! I chose golden delicious apples instead of the granny smiths simply because they looked better in the store. The cabbage was very good...I put in a bit too much caraway so I'll be more careful in the future. And instead of the bean salad, I simply steamed haricots verts and then deglased the pan I roasted the pork in (after taking the pork out to rest and tossed in the steamed beans to work up the tasty brown bits from the bottom of the pan. We highly reccommend this receipe...the first we've tried from Roger.

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            • on August 13, 2011

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              I prepared the Caraway Crusted pork...Fantastic and very easy. I had to make a small change...I couldn't find Caraway seeds, so I substituted Cumin Seeds. I am not strong enough to use my mortar and pestle, so I used my little electric coffee grinder (used only for chopping nuts and spices. I didn't have dijon, so I substituted deli mustard. After dinner, my husband delighted in the bones (rack?, that was delicious too! This recipe is truly people friendly, both in prep and consumption.

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