Pork Loin
Pork Loin

Pork Loin with Pears,
Fennel and Figs

  • 10 Servings
  • Prep: 45 min.
  • Bake: 1 1/4 hour

“I received this recipe from a clerk at my grocery store and decided to try it when I was preparing dinner for company. When my guests sampled the seasoned pork with its fruity sauce and tender veggies, they told me, ‘You should have been a chef!’ They never guessed how simple it was to make.”
—Kenneth H., ┬áKansas City, Missouri


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 pounds boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 1/4 cup apple cider, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium pears, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic powder, mustard seed and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; rub over the pork roast. Using a sharp knife, make six to eight 1-in. slits in roast; insert the garlic.
  2. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides. Drain. Place roast fat side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Add onion and fennel. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 1 1/4to 1 1/2hours or until a thermometer reads 145°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the broth and 1 1/4 cups cider to a boil; cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Remove the pork and vegetables from oven; transfer drippings to a large saucepan. Tent roasting pan with foil. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the drippings over medium. Add the reduced chicken broth mixture. Combine the flour and remaining apple cider until smooth; stir into the pan. Add the pears, figs and apricots; cook and stir until the sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the butter and remaining pepper. Slice pork; serve with sauce and vegetables.


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