Braised Pork Loin With Milk And Sage
Active Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

In Tuscany, cooks braise pork loins in milk to tenderize the meat and create a delicious sauce that caramelizes to a beautiful gravy in the bottom of the pot. The Instant Pot reduces the cooking time [and clean up] by about half. The sauce looks a little curdled at first, but don’t panic – it’s an authentic aspect of the dish, and when you whisk in the flour and butter at the end, the sauce thickens and the milk proteins will disperse. Serve the roast with mashed potatoes or soft polenta.

Servings 4-6Servings
  1. Select Sauté and adjust to More/High heat. Brush the pork with 1 tablespoon of oil and generously season it all over with salt and pepper. When the pot is hot, add the pork and cook until browned on the sides, about six minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pot, the onion, sage, and rosemary and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom, until the onion is beginning to brown, five minutes. Add the broth and cook, stirring frequently, for one minute. Press Cancel.
  3. Add the milk and garlic and stir to combine. Return the pork to the pot, turn the pork in the milk mixture to coat, and then place it fatty-side up. Lock on the lid, select the Pressure Cook function, and adjust to high pressure for 20 minutes for a 2 1/4 pound roast or 22 minutes for 2 1/2 pound roast. Make sure the steam valve is in the “Sealing” position and that the “Keep Warm” button is off.
  4. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release the remaining pressure. Check the roast with an instant-read thermometer; it should register at least 135 F. If the roast needs more time, cover the pot with the regular lid, select Sauté, and adjust to More/High for five minutes. Check the roast again and transfer it to a serving platter when it is done. Tent with foil.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the butter and flour and stir until smooth. Select Sauté and adjust to Normal/Medium heat. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the cooking liquid and simmer, whisking frequently, until thickened, three minutes. Press Cancel. Slice the roast crosswise into thin slices and serve with the sauce.
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