We used baby carrots with tops attached, but bagged baby carrots work fine.
2 fennel bulbs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 small onions
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled rutabaga
16 baby carrots (about 3/4 pound)
1 (2 1/4-pound) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Trim stalks from fennel; discard. Cut each fennel bulb into 8 wedges. Peel onions, leaving root intact; cut each onion into 8 wedges.
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fennel and onion; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Remove from pan. Add remaining oil, rutabaga, and carrots to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Place pork on a rack coated with cooking spray; place rack in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle pork with sage, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Arrange vegetables around pork; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Remove pork and vegetables from pan; cover loosely with foil. Remove rack. Place pan over medium heat; stir in broth, wine, and mustard, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with pork and vegetables.
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This was absolutely delicious! I am drooling over this recipe. Definately a keeper and would highly recommend this. I will add this to the weekly rotation. I used whole carrots and just cut them in half. They roasted up very nicely. This was my first time cooking a roast of any sort and I was thrilled with how it turned out. The veggies were the best part of the meal. I've never had rutabaga before and it is fantastic. Yummy!!!
I loved this recipe, but my family rated it a "3", so we're compromising with a "4". The vegetables were outstanding, but my sauce was too watery. I'm going to have to reduce it more next time to get the "richness" that this dish deserves. The pork came out great, just watch for doneness. I would try this recipe again.
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