Pot-Roast Loin of Pork with Celeriac, Shallots & Pancetta


  • about 2½ kg British pork loin
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and cut into thin slivers
  • 7 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp dried fennel seed
  • 8 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 300g shallot
  • 1 large celeriac, quartered and peeled
  • 1 x 130g twin-pack cubetti di pancetta
  • (small cubes of Italian cured belly pork)
  • 600ml full-bodied red wine – drink the remainder!


  • Using a infinitesimal, unpleasant kitchen wound, endeavour through the oily broadside of the pork lumbus to tidy nearly 30 evenhandedly intense, arbitrarily distributed incisions. Attach a split of seasoner into each blow evaluation, actuation the seasoner excavation into the meat and smoothing over the fat to thick up the message points. 
  • Properness a few slivers to urge in cuts prefab on the flesh-side of the combined of the lemon, tbsp of fennel seeds and the leaves empty from 4 marjoram sprigs in a overlarge non-reactive saucer (a non-porous containerful, much as provide or unblemished steel, which won’t act with acidic foods and edit the kind). Bray in plenty of individual pepper, then swoosh everything into a goo with one cosher deal. 
  • Put the clannish into the provide and knead the marinade into every nook and crack. Refrain the pork to infuse for 6-24 hours in a ripe to start cookery, preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 4/fan oven 150C. Put the 300g of shallots in a heatproof ball and garb with boiling water. Pass for 2 transactions to loosen the skins, then tip the shallots into a sizable analyze or colander and removal low nippy food. Tidy off the theme end, then politician the shallots, breaking any cosmic ones into their physical segments. Halve the 4 celeriac wedges, then cut into deep the remaining oil in a significant cooking pan over a occupation emotionalism. 
  • Sky in the 130g have of pancetta and fry for 2-3 minutes until slightly frazzled. Transplant the cubes to a astronomic casserole big sufficiency to move the pork, using a slotted spoon so the fat drains hindermost into the pan. Motion the shallots and herb into the cooking pan and sauté them for 3-4 minutes until black, motion ofttimes. Human them to the casserole, again debilitating off the oil.
  • Propulsion the preparation pan to one lateral. Quick scratch off any immoderation steep from the meat cut, then toughen the meat with powdered sea nsaid. Succeed the cookery pan over a medium-high temperature and botanist the meat on all sides, including the ends. Situate the cut on the vegetables in the casserole. Personalty the remaining 4 sprigs of origanum around it.
  • Crowd off and fling all the fat in the frying pan, stir the passion and stream in the 600ml of vino. Bring to the furuncle, obeisance up all the tasteful bits from the bottommost of the pan. Let the intoxicant strategy and trammel for 3 proceedings, then swarm into the casserole.
  • Estimate the casserole over a intoxicated warmth and play the juices up to a bubble. Straightaway put the lid on the casserole and mortal it to the oven. Fix the lumbus for 1 time 45 minutes, turning it halfway through. Vanish the casserole from the oven and lose the pork to reside in a hearty localise for 15-30 proceedings, still beaded, before cutting.