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Saturday, April 19, 2008

pork in whiiiiiiiiiiiiiine sauce

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For some reason, I never really cook pork. We just don't eat a lot of it, and as such, I never really have it in the house.

A couple of weeks ago, pork tenderloins were on sale, so hubs picked up a couple of packages to stow away in the freezer. On Sunday, I popped one into the fridge, thinking that I would cook it Monday night.

So I didn't cook it on Monday. Or Tuesday. Or Wednesday.....but when I finally got a round to it on Thursday night ( if you're a north American germaphobe, I know that you are totally gasping in horror at the cryosealed 3 days defrosted meat....get over it...), the meal was totally worth the wait. And I didn't get poisoned....

Pork tenderloin is a super versatile cut of meat - initially, I'd been thinking of trying a Thai-inspired stir-fry (coconut milk, thai curry paste, fresh basil, fish sauce, etc.), but I still wasn't really in the mood for I ended up hunting around and found a fabulous and simple recipe on Cooking Light. I highly recommend this - it's company worthy, easy to make and very tasty. I like the simplicity of the ingredients, and it was a great complement to mixed roasted white and sweet potatoes (actually, it would have been just sweet potatoes, but when I asked hubs to pick them up, they were all teeny I supplemented).

Mixed Roasted Potatoes
4 small (or 2 large) sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 small (or 2 large) white potatoes, cubed (no need to peel)
2-3 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 t sea salt
black pepper
2 t crushed rosemary
1 t cumin

1. Toss the cubed potatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary and cumin.

2. Put on the bottom rack of a 400F oven. Toss every 20 minutes - cook for 40-50 minutes. The longer, the better, IMHO.

these potatoes got totally roasted

Pork au Poivre
(shamelessly ripped off of Cooking Light)

2 pork tenderloins, trimmed
2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
Cooking spray
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 cup dry red wine
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon tomato paste


1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Butterfly each pork tenderloin, cutting to, but not through, the other side.

3. Open halves, laying pork flat. Sprinkle each side of pork with 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Heat oil a large ovenproof skillet coated with cooking spray.

4. Add pork; cook for 2 minutes on each side.

is it just me or is this marginally obscene?

5. Place the pork in a 9x13 glass pan (spray with cooking spray first) and bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). My pork was in for closer to 20 minutes....and it was a bit pink in the middle. If you like your pork not pink, I would suggest starting with 15 minutes, and checking every five minutes after tenderloins were quite thick, even butterflied.

seared loins

6. While the pork is in the oven, assemble your sauce ingredients and add the wine and shallots to the pan.

mise en place is always a good thing

Bring to a boil. Add broth and remaining ingredients to pan; stir well with a whisk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until reduced by about half.

boiling totally gets rid of the alcohol *hic*

7. With a sharp knife, cut the pork into medallions about 1.5 cm thick. Serve with sauce.

ssssh.....don't show the food inspection agency

Cooking Light tells me that one pork tenderloin should serve four people. I tell Cooking Light that perhaps they should consider testing their recipes on people who have NOT undergone gastric bypass....generally, one regular sized tenderloin will serve 2 people. Three if you are dieting.

I served this with a green salad (with parmesan on top) and the roasted potatoes above. :) YUM. The pork was very moist, the sauce was super tasty and the cumin in the potatoes added just a wee touch of exoticism that really heightened the meal. Two thumbs up from me, and hubs sarcastically told me it was 'pork-tastic' after I bugged him for feedback.


Unknown said...

the mixed roasted potatoes look absolutely gorgeous! yum!

i hardly use pork too...except for stir frying or crusted and pan fried *grin*

Deborah said...

I'm a total pork tenderloin fan. I usually always have one in my freezer. And this sounds wonderful!

Jackie said...

Pork can definitely be an underrated meat. That recipe looks delicious! It reminds me of a dish that I used to make a lot - sweet potatoes, pork tenderloin, cilantro and black beans. I'll have to give this one a whirl. Thanks!

Jackie said...

P.S. You have a wonderful blog. It's a great read.

Jenny said...

Drool! Must try this recipe…then again, anything with wine gets my vote!

And I totally agree with you about pork loin servings – one would NEVER feed 4 in my house! We split it in 3 at most but usually gobble the whole thing up between hubby and I.

Glad to see you back at the blog. It's always nice to see new recipes...yummm!

Anonymous said...

Ok, I just made this recipe tonight - pork and potatoes and all I can say is YUM! I'm looking forward to trying this once I have my baby so I can polish off the wine that I don't use in the recipe ;)

Brittany said...

Oh my god! I totally made this!!! Honestly, it's probably the first time I have made a savory recipe that I found on a blog....consider yourself officially special.

Thanks for posting, as it was awesome (porktastic indeed). I ignored the whole "healthy" thing and added a touch of cream to the wine sauce.
I'm not sorry.

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