Herb and Garlic Roast Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions
The secret to pork loin is that it's as simple as it is exceptionally flavorful. We up the impressive presentation by rolling the loin in a buttery herbed breadcrumb mixture. Served with roasted pears, onions and garlic, it's a dish that feels special, despite its simplicity.
Sprinkle the pork all over with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil; add the pork and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board.
Return the skillet to medium heat. Add the butter, thyme, parsley, rosemary and minced garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer the toasted breadcrumbs to a piece of wax paper or parchment.
Brush the pork with the mustard and roll in the toasted breadcrumbs to coat. Return the coated pork to the center of the skillet. Halve the garlic heads crosswise, then add to a large bowl with the pears, onion, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper. Toss until evenly combined, then add to the skillet surrounding the pork. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the pork registers 145 degrees F, about 45 minutes. Transfer the pork and garlic to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the skillet with the roasted pears and onions over medium-low heat. Add the vinegar and cook until almost all the vinegar has been absorbed and the pears look glossy, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with more chopped parsley. Slice the pork and serve with the roasted garlic, pears and onions.
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