Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Recipe 18: Pork with Calvados and Apples

As I ease back into cooking post baby, I thought I would make one of my fall "staples". It's easy enough to work as a weeknight meal, but dress it up with a few sides and it's perfect for entertaining. I'm a big fan of the sauce (must be he southerner in me). I served it with mashed sweet potatoes. A nice spinach, walnut, gorgonzola salad would pair nicely as well.

1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
5 tablespoons butter
4 medium Golden Delicious apples (about 1 1/2 pounds); peeled, cored, sliced 1/3 inch thick
1 teaspoon sugar
2 large shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 cup Calvados or other apple brandy (I used sherry since I didn't have apple brandy and it was fine)
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup apple cider

Place pork slices between plastic wrap. Using mallet, pound pork slices to 1/4-inch thickness. (Can be prepared 4 hours ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate.)
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and sugar to skillet and sauté until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in another heavy large skillet over high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper. Add pork to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to plate; keep warm.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and thyme and sauté 2 minutes. Add Calvados and boil until reduced to glaze, scraping up any browned bits. Stir in cream and cider; boil until mixture thickens to sauce consistency, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Reheat apples, if necessary. Arrange a few pork slices on each plate. Spoon sauce over. Top generously with sautéed apple slices and serve.


Blogger Elaine said...

Great reason to buy a gallon of apple cider. Can't wait to try this.

10 November, 2007 15:05  
Blogger Jer said...

I've wanted to cook more with pork loin as I understand its quite healthy relative to most other meats. Sounds like the perfect fall recipe!

11 November, 2007 09:13  
Blogger Jen said...

Glad to see you are back to one of your favorite things!! Sounds wonderful ;-)

28 November, 2007 11:27  

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