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Monday, April 20, 2015

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy





Aside from chicken, pork is my favorite...I am not a fan of beef so with all the different recipes out there for both chicken and pork, it is hard to decide what to make. I love Pinterest, soooo many good recipes from all over the world. This recipe would be great with creamy mashed potatoes or even mashed cauliflower, a side salad and a perfect slice of cheesecake! I think that to save time, the pork could be done in the slow cooker/crockpot. Just use manufacturers settings for cooking a porkloin.

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic, peeled and slice in half lengthwise
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
2 lb. center pork loin (or two 1 lb. pork tenderloins)
1 1/4 cups dry white wine (plus a bit more to deglaze pan)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
1/2 cup heavy cream (or a lighter cream, mixed with 2 tsp. cornstarch)

Instructions

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Saute the garlic, rosemary and sage, stirring, for about one minute. Add the pork loin to the pan, carefully placing it on top of the herbs. Saute the pork for about 5 minutes on each side, then remove it to a plate. Add the wine to the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan. Cook until the smell of the alcohol has disappeared, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Lower the heat under the pan to low-medium heat. Return the pork to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover with a lid and cook for about 1 1/2 hours (probably less if you’re using pork tenderloins), flipping the pork and scraping the bottom of the pan every 20 minutes or so. Keep an eye on it, making sure there continues to be some liquid in the pan. Add 1/4 cup of warm water if necessary.

When the pork is cooked through (if you want to test with a thermometer, it should be about 150° internal temperature) remove pork to a plate to rest. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the liquid in the pan to medium. If your pan has little liquid, deglaze with a splash of white wine. Stir well to loosen the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook until the alcohol smell disappears (about 1-2 minutes). Add the chicken stock. Remove pot from heat and allow to cool in the pot for 20 minutes.

When the sauce has cooled, add the cream and put the pan back on the stove. Heat gently over medium-low heat, stirring the sauce constantly until it thickens a bit and warms. Avoid boiling. (*If your sauce doesn’t thicken up, mix 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. water and add a bit at a time to your sauce until it thickens to your liking.) Taste sauce and add salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Place the resting pork on a cutting board (you can add any accumulated meat juices back to the sauce if you like!). Slice the pork very thinly and place on to a serving platter. Pour the warm gravy over top.


Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 1 hour 30 min | Total time: 2 hours

Number of servings (yield): 6

Calories 250                                 Sodium 900 mg
Total Fat 16 g                                 Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 6 g                                 Total Carbs 5 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g                 Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g                 Sugars 1 g
Trans 0 g                                 Protein 21 g
Cholesterol 60 mg  
Vitamin A 4%                                 Calcium 4%
Vitamin C 8%                                 Iron 6%


*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Source: Pinterest

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