Pork Medallions with a Port-&-Cranberry Pan Sauce

November/December 1992

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The autumn flavors in this dish go well with roasted vegetables.

Pork Medallions with a Port-&-Cranberry Pan Sauce

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup port
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Combine cranberries and port in a small bowl. Set aside. Slice tenderloin into medallions 1 1/2 inches thick. Place between 2 layers of plastic wrap, and pound the medallions with the bottom of a saucepan until they are 1/2 inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sear medallions on one side until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and sear on the other side for 4 to 5 minutes; turn medallions again and continue cooking until golden brown and no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a serving platter and cover loosely to keep warm.
  3. Add garlic to the pan and return to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add port with cranberries, vinegar and sage leaves; cook for 1 minute, scraping skillet for browned bits. Pour in broth, swirl the pan and bring to a boil again. Continue cooking until sauce thickens and is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Remove the garlic and sage. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon over the pork and serve.


Per serving: 194 calories; 5 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 23 g protein; 0 g fiber; 137 mg sodium; 370 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (55% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 4 1/2 lean meat

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