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Braised Pork Roast with Fennel, Leeks, and Vermouth

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1/2 cup sauce)
If vermouth isn't handy, substitute dry white wine. Leeks provide subtle savoriness, though you can use onions instead.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 large)
  • 2 cups sliced fennel bulb (about 2 large)
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

Nutrition Information

  • calories 290
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 3.2 g
  • monofat 5.4 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 27.1 g
  • carbohydrate 16.2 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 67 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 499 mg
  • calcium 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. Dredge pork in flour, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork, and cook for 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan.

  2. Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds to pan, and cook for 30 seconds. Add leek and sliced fennel. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Add vermouth, and cook for 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Return pork to pan. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 45 minutes or until pork is tender. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thinly slice pork.