Pork Medallions with Fig & Port Wine Sauce
From EatingWell: March/April 2007
This dish showcases how deliciously pork complements the sweet and tart tastes of fruit.
- 16 small dried Mission figs, stemmed
- 1 cup tawny port, (see Note)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
- 1 cup onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 pork tenderloin, (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and sliced into 1-inch-thick medallions
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Place figs in a small microwavable bowl and cover with port. Cover the bowl and microwave on High for 3 minutes.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add broth, thyme, bay leaf and the fig-port mixture. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, 10 to 12 minutes. Season with vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Sprinkle both sides of pork medallions with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge lightly with flour, shaking off the excess.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the medallions and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the reserved fig-port sauce; bring to a simmer and cook until the pork is cooked, but still a little pink in the center, about 2 minutes. The sauce should be syrupy. If not, remove the medallions with a slotted spoon to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Boil the sauce until it’s reduced and syrupy. Discard the bay leaf. Serve the sauce over the medallions.
Tips & Notes
- Note: What differentiates tawny from ruby port is that tawny is aged in oak, turning its ruby color toward brown.
Per serving: 394 calories; 10 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 64 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 4 g fiber; 230 mg sodium; 618 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (58% daily value), Potassium (18% dv), Zinc (16% dv), Iron (15% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 2
Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 3 1/2 lean meat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, meat
- Main Ingredient
- March/April 2007