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Roasted Pork with Fennel

Deborah Mele in FlorenceThis recipe comes from the web site of Deborah Mele, Italian Food Forever.

"My love affair with Italian cooking began almost 30 years ago when I married into a large Italian family, overflowing with talented cooks. Throughout the early years of my marriage, I had the opportunity to learn the basics of Italian cuisine, and to perfect traditional family recipes."

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"Fennel is a very popular vegetable in Italy, and it goes well with many roasted meats. In this recipe, it is finely chopped into a sauce, as well as being roasted alongside the pork roast".


2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bulb of fennel, finely diced (save the fronds to garnish)
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
2 pork tenderloins, around 1 1/2 pounds each
1 second fennel bulb, sliced lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips

  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, and add the finely diced fennel and garlic. Cook until tender and golden brown.
  • Spread half this mixture on top of one of the tenderloins, and top with the second one. Using twine, tie together firmly.
  • Using a sharp knife, pierce the tenderloin in multiple places, and force the rest of the fennel mixture into these openings.
  • Season the tenderloins with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large pan, and brown the tenderloins well on all sides.
  • Add the vegetables and stir into the browned oil. Arrange the sliced fennel around the tenderloin and add the 1/2 cup of wine.
  • Bake until a thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees, which is about 30 minutes.
  • Turn the sliced fennel over during the cooking period at least once.
  • Remove the tenderloin from the baking dish and keep warm. After 15 minutes, slice into 1/2 inch slices.
  • Add the broth to the juices and vegetables in the pan and turn to high heat. Allow the sauce to reduce, and serve over the slices of meat, garnishing with the roasted fennel.

Serves 6

Deborah Mele
Italian Food Forever

Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano
(Those Who Eat Well, Eat Italian)

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