(German Roasted Smoked Pork Loin)
Recipe By : Time-Life "Cooking of Germany"
2 tablespoons lard or shortening
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a heavy large skillet, met lard or shortening over moderate heat. Add onions and carrots and cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently 8-10 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and lihgt brown. Transfer entire contents of skillet to a heavy casserole or roasting pan just large enough to hold the pork comfortably. Place the pork loin, fat side up, on top of the vegetables and strew the crushed juniper berries around the pork. Pour in the 4 cups water; roast uncovered in the middle of the oven, basint occasionally with pan juices, 1-1/2 hours, or until pork is golden brown and registers 175 degrees on a meat thermometer.
Cut away strings and carve pork into 1/2" thick chops; arrange slightly overlapping on a large heated platter. Tent with foil and set aside.
Strain pan juices into a bowl, pressing down on vegetables before discarding them. Skim off as much fat as possible; measure the juices. If there is more than 1-1/2 cups, boil briskly over high heat until reduced to that amount. If there is less, add water. Bring juices to a boil; stir cornstarch mixture into juices. Cook, Stirring constantly, until sauce clears and thickens slightly. Moisten meat slices with a few spoonfuls of sauce and serve the rest in a heated sauceboat. Serve on a mound of sauerkraut.