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Recipe

Herb-Roasted Rack of Pork with Morel Cream Sauce

Featured in our 2017 Christmas Guide
Scott Phillips

Servings: 6 to 8

This roast gets much of its flavor from an aromatic paste of garlic, herbs, and fennel, so be sure to rub the meat with the paste a day ahead to give it plenty of time to penetrate.

Ingredients

For the pork

  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh sage
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tbs. ground fennel seed or 2 tsp. fennel pollen
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 6- to 8-bone rack of pork, chine bone removed, bones frenched, and fat trimmed to 1/4 inch

For the sauce

  • 1 oz. dried morels
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs. heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 630
      Fat Calories (kcal): 370
      Fat (g): 41
      Saturated Fat (g): 17
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 17
      Cholesterol (mg): 180
      Sodium (mg): 760
      Carbohydrates (g): 5
      Fiber (g): 1
      Protein (g): 54

Preparation

Season the pork

  • In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, sage, thyme, fennel seed or pollen, 1 Tbs. salt, and 1/2 Tbs. pepper to form a paste. Rub the herb paste all over the pork roast. Put the roast bone side down on a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Roast the pork

  • Two hours before roasting, remove the roast from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 450°F. Roast the pork until it’s golden on top, 20 to 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 350°F, and continue roasting until a thermometer inserted in the center of the roast reads 130°F, 20 to 30 minutes more. Transfer the roast to a carving board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest 15 to 25 minutes.

Make the sauce

  • While the roast is in the oven, soak the morels in 1 cup warm water until soft, 20 to 30 minutes. Lift the morels out of the water, gently squeezing the excess back into the bowl. Cut any large morels into bite-size pieces, and set aside. Strain the liquid through a coffee filter set in a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl; set aside.
  • After transferring the roast to the carving board, pour off and discard any fat from the baking sheet. Add the wine to the baking sheet and scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spatula. Transfer the liquid to a small, wide saucepan and boil until reduced to about 1/3 cup, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain through the fine-mesh strainer and return to the pan.
  • Add the morels and their soaking liquid, the broth, 3/4 cup of the cream, and the thyme. Boil until reduced to about 2 cups, about 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with the remaining 2 Tbs. cream, and then whisk this slurry into the sauce. Simmer briefly until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Slice the pork between the bones into chops and serve with the sauce.

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  • mack4352 | 06/30/2016

    The rub for this pork is wonderful. I used to brine my rack of pork using another recipe, but this rub does it all. Delicious. Most racks take close to 2 hrs. to cook. I also use another morel sauce recipe I have had for years and gets raves reviews.

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    VOnDC | 01/15/2016

    BOO! Did anyone, anyone at all test this recipe?! The timing is WAY OFF for the pork, which is not what you need when cooking for guest! Yes I know it's my fault as well because I didn't test it, but I WAS COUNTING ON Fine Cooking to have done so! Thanks for virtually NOTHING !

  • ljr403 | 12/28/2015

    I would have given it 5 stars because the pork was so delicious, but the sauce was a dud. Very little flavor, and not worth the $ spent on the dried morels. Next time, I will just drizzle the meat with the natural juices that collect while the meat is resting. I roasted the meat to 150 and let it rest, and it was perfect, juicy and slightly pink. The temp given was way too low. Will make again

  • aluckybug6 | 12/25/2015

    The morel cream sauce took twice as long to reduce as noted in the recipe. The flavor was not a wow and certainly was not worth the expense and time required to make it.We cooked the pork to 130 per the meat thermometer and it was way too pink, had to run it under the broiler. After checking multiple respected food sites all recommend 145 as the temp to pull from the oven. The flavor of the rub was meh and we used a high quality roast. So disappointed in this dish.

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