Recipe courtesy of Susan Vu

Mustard Brined Pork Loin with Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Shaved Brussels sprouts, German Dumplings and melt-in-your-mouth pork make this an elegant and impressive meal. Brining the meat brings it a step above the rest, ensuring deeper flavor and juiciness. Don't let it marinate too long, after 6 hour it may become too salty.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 4 hr 20 min
  • Cook: 55 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

Pork Loin:

1/2 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

1/3 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons mustard powder

1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, plus freshly ground pepper for seasoning

2 bay leaves

One 3-pound pork loin

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 cup chicken stock

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into 4 pieces

1 tablespoon German mustard or Dijon mustard

Brussels Sprouts:

1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, bottoms trimmed

2 shallots, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prepared German dumplings, for serving

Directions

Special equipment:
Mandolin slicer
  1. For the pork loin: Combine 2 quarts water, the salt, brown sugar, mustard powder, peppercorns and bay leaves in a large mixing bowl and stir until the salt, sugar and mustard powder have completely dissolved. Place a large resealable plastic bag into a bowl and then pour the brine into the bag. Submerge the pork in the brine, seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and no longer than 6 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the pork from the brine, pat it dry and sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat and brown the pork loin on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Turn off the heat and remove and discard any excess fat from the pan with a spoon. Roast the pork until a thermometer inserted into the center reads 140 degrees F, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a board and let rest for 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the pan sauce. Pour out the fat from the skillet and reserve, and then heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Pour in the stock, scraping off any browned bits on the bottom using a whisk. Cook until the stock has reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes, and then turn the heat down to low and whisk in the butter one piece at a time. Whisk in the mustard and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a small saucepan and cover to keep warm.
  5. For the brussels sprouts: Thinly slice the Brussels sprouts using a Japanese or French mandolin or a sharp knife. Wipe out the skillet used for the pan sauce and heat 3 tablespoons of the reserved pork fat over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook until slightly softened and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the sprouts and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Cook until the sprouts are tender yet crisp and starting to brown slightly, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. To serve, thinly slice the pork and place on a platter. Spoon the pan sauce on top and serve with the Brussels sprouts, German dumplings, and remaining pan sauce on the side.

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