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Brown Sugar Brined Berkshire Pork with Creamy Polenta and Roasted Root Vegetables

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Recipe by Chef Maurine Sarjeant and Dana Robbers
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Serves: 6

Large pot
Large bowl
Pan with rack
2-3 qt. heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pot


1 6 lb. pork loin
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. corn oil
Cracked pepper
3 large loose carrots chopped
3 creamer potatoes chopped
1/2 pound brussels sprouts cleaned of outside leaves
2 fennel bulbs wedged
1/4 cup olive oil

For the Brine:
1 gallon water
1 cup Brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
4 cloves of garlic crushed
1 onion thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. black peppercorns crushed
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary 1
2 Tbsp. mustard seed crushed
3 bay leaves

For the Creamy Polenta (Serves 6-8 portions):
5 cups water
1 cup polenta (non-instant)
Kosher salt
4 oz. unsalted butter
2 oz. parmesan cheese, grated


1. Place the pork in a large vessel containing all the brining ingredients. Leave to brine for 3-4 hours (no longer then 12).

2. Preheat oven to 400°

3. Put the combination of vegetables in a large bowl (all should be cut about the same size). Toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil and pour into a sheetpan with a piece of parchment in it.

4. Roast for 20-30 minutes turning over vegetables several time throughout the cooking time.

5. Turn oven up to 500°.

6. Remove pork from brine and dry well.

7 Heat the 4 Tbsp. of two types of oil on a skillet over high heat. Sear all sides og pork loin until dark and crusty. The brown sugar will cause the pork to brown to a very dark caramel color. Be sure to distinguish dark color from burnt.

8. Cut the pork into 2 inch plus steaks.

9. Place on a pan with a rack (sprayed with no-stick). Finish in the hot oven for 5-6 minutes.

Serve over polenta and roasted vegetables

For the Creamy Polenta:
1. Bring the water to a boil in a 2-3 qt. heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pot.

2. Add the polenta, stirring with a whisk constantly until it has been incorporated completely into the water.

3. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir from the bottom so the polenta cooks evenly.

4. Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep any lumps from forming.

5. Add the butter and parmesan and stir to combing. Add the salt to taste.

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