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Roast Pork Loin with Summer Succotash and Salsa Verde

This summery recipe of roast pork loin with succotash has got everything I love about cooking at home at this time of year – easy prep, quick cooking time, and the simplicity of letting fresh ingredients shine at their seasonal best.  Another of my favourite ways to enjoy this roast pork is the next day in a sandwich with rustic bread and good mustard.  The salsa verde will become your staple summer condiment which is also super tasty with fish and chicken.
Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm
Line-thick-340Roast Pork Loin with Summer Succotash and Salsa Verde
Serves 4 – 6

Roast Pork Loin
1 2 lb         pork loin roast (have butcher trim to ¼ inch fat)
4 Tbsp       fennel and coriander rub

Score fat on the top of your roast with a sharp knife, then rub all over with fennel and coriander rub. Put in fridge for a minimum 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place loin in the oven for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 300°F and continue cooking until roast reaches an internal temperature of 155 -160˚F (approximately 20 minutes).

Fennel and Coriander Rub
2 Tbsp       fennel seeds
1 Tbsp       coriander seeds
½ tsp         fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp          kosher salt
½ tsp         red chili flakes

*Grind fennel and coriander seeds in a spice grinder. Combine with remaining ingredients.
*Chef Tip: If you do not have a spice grinder, crush seeds with bottom of a heavy pan.

Salsa Verde
2 tsp          shallots, minced
1 tsp          Dijon mustard
1 tsp          lemon juice
1 tsp          fresh thyme, finely minced
2 Tbsp       Italian parsley, chopped
½ cup        extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Whisk together shallots, Dijon mustard and lemon juice, then whisk in olive oil.
Mix in thyme and parsley.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Serves 4

3-4            cobs of corn (or 1½ cup of kernels)
1 cup         zucchini, diced ½ inch
1 cup         green beans, chopped 1 inch
2                vine ripe tomatoes, diced ½ inch
1 tsp          fresh tarragon, chopped (or 2 tsp chopped fresh basil)
2 Tbsp       unsalted butter
½ cup        onion, diced ½ inch
1 cup         red and yellow peppers, diced ½ inch
1 tsp          fine sea salt
fresh ground black pepper

Cut corn kernels off the corn cob.
In a large sauté pan, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium low heat.  Add onions and half the salt. Cook onions until tender (about 5 minutes).
Add corn and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in green beans and cook for 2 more minutes, then add zucchini.  Cook zucchini until al dente.
Add tomatoes and remaining 1 Tbsp butter and stir.  Remove from heat and add chopped tarragon or basil and season with remaining salt and black pepper to taste.
Serve warm with roast pork loin and salsa verde.
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Photo:  Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm


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