Roast Pork With Ginger Thyme Sauce

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A long-time favourite at our house! Redolent with ginger and fresh thyme, a perfect autumn dinner, perhaps served with spaetzle or roasted potatoes. The sauce is delicious!  Any leftovers would make a great sandwich using some of my Spiced Fruit Chutney.

Makes 6 Servings

Rub for the Roast:

DSC_5339 nx21 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme
2 ½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf, crumbled
¼ tsp. ground ginger

For Cooking the Roast:

3 ½ to 4 lb. boneless pork loin roast (preferably the loin end)
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, not EVO
2 Tbsp. butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
1 bay leaf

For the Sauce:

¾ tsp. ground ginger
1 1/3 cups Gewurztraminer or Riesling wine
1 cup unsalted chicken broth** or purchased chicken stock
4 – 6 gingersnap cookies, crumbled (I prefer Mi-Del available at WholeFoods)
¼ cup whipping cream
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 ½ tsp. minced fresh thyme

Combine the ingredients for the rub in a small bowl. If the roast is tied & rolled, untie & unroll. If the roast has a thick layer of fat, trim the layer down to between 1/8 to ¼”; place pork in a non-aluminum pan & rub the entire surface with the rub. Cover the pork & place in the fridge for 12 – 24 hours.

Cook the Roast:

Position the oven rack in the lower third of the oven & preheat to 325 F.

Scrape all the marinade from the pork; pat meat dry; reroll & tie back together using kitchen string. Add the oil to a heavy heatproof pan that is just slightly larger than the roast. Heat the oil in the pan over medium-high heat & brown the pork on all sides; transfer to a platter. Discard the oil & turn the heat down to medium-low; add the butter & melt; add the onions, carrot, thyme sprigs, garlic & bay leaf. Cover & cook 5 minutes; add the pork, fat side up. Cover, increase heat to high & cook until sizzling, about 1 minute. Place in the oven & cook for approximately 14 minutes per lb. or until the roast reaches 155 F when tested with an instant read thermometer. Check the roast approximately half an hour before you think it should be done just to see where things are at. When done, remove to a warm platter; tent roast with foil.  Let the roast rest while you make the sauce.  Remove the string before carving the roast.

Make the Sauce:

Skim excess fat from the roasting pan if necessary. Add the ginger to the pan & stir over medium-high heat 30 seconds. Add the wine, stock & gingersnaps. Stir until thickened to the consistency of a thin sauce, crushing the mixture with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon; approximately 8 minutes, the gingersnaps should disappear into the sauce; add the cream & boil until thickened to the consistency of a medium-thin sauce; approximately 8 minutes. Season the sauce with salt & pepper to taste; if you wish, strain the sauce into a heated sauceboat, pressing gently on the solids; stir in the minced thyme.

Slice the pork into 1/4” slices & spoon a little sauce over, passing the remaining sauce separately.

**If you wish to make your own chicken stock, please go to Making Stock.

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