Sunday night, ever since I can remember, has been a family night dinner. We love to sit down at the dinner table and talk about how we enjoyed our week-end, and what is ahead of us in the new coming week. We usually sit down at the dinner table earlier than usual so we can have a long leisurely dinner with no time constraints. We love it.
Last night I had pork tenderloin in mind and wanted to try to try something different. As I was perusing my cookbooks, a lot of wonderful ideas were presented to me, but either the recipes were too long to prepare, not enough ingredients on hand and going to the store was not an option. After, what felt like hours of reading, I closed all my books and walked into my kitchen. I started gathering ingredients. One recipe sauce stuck with me using Marsala. Not having enough to make a sauce, it is must to at least have 1 cup of liquid to make a nice thick sauce, I reached over and grabbed the Port wine. Mixing the two was something I never did. The result was a great thick sauce, rich in texture, perfectly balanced with the pork tenderloin and stuffing.
I wanted to use the remaining mushrooms and some of the dried fruits I had in hand. Using the food processor was perfect to soften and mix everything well together. Any dried fruit, steamed chestnuts… would be perfect as well.
Have a wonderful week and Bon Appetit!!
Tonight’s October 14, 2012 dinner:
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Marsala-Port Sauce
Sautéed Fingerling Potatoes
Peas with Butter
STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH MARSALA-PORT SAUCE
1 shallot finely sliced
½ yellow onion, finely diced
4 -5 mushrooms, stem removed, thinly sliced
½ cup dried apricots
1 tablespoons raisins
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons flat leaves parsley
1 large pork tenderloin
½ cup Marsala
½ cup Port
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons heavy cream
½ teaspoon Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 º.
In large skillet, over medium heat warm the olive oil. Add the onions, shallots and mushrooms. Cook until the onions are translucent. Remove from the heat.
In a small food processor add the dried apricots, raisins, dried cranberries, parsley and the onion mushrooms mixture. Pulse for a few times until everything is minced and well combined.
Cut the tenderloin in half crosswise. Butterfly each sections making sure not to go completely thru the meat.
Salt and pepper generously each section. Spread the onion mushroom mixture over on side. Place the other half of the meat over the mixture and seal the sides with toothpicks. Season generously with salt and pepper on each side.
In the same pan that the onions were cooked, heat ½ teaspoon of olive oil and add the pork tenderloin. Sear each side for about 3-5 minutes.
Place in the hot over and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes, or until no juices are running off the pork tenderloin.
Remove from the oven, transfer the meat on a dish and cover with aluminum foil.
Pour off any fat from the pan, or bits of meat that may have fallen from the pork. Add the Marsala and port wine. Bring to a boil and with a spatula scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add any pan juices from the tenderloin and continue cooking until the sauce is reduced to ¼ cup. Remove from the heat and add the butter and cream. Swirl around to ensure butter is melted.
Remove the toothpicks and cut the pork tenderloin crosswise. Arrange on a plate and pour the sauce over it, or alongside.