As much as I love to cook, sometimes I don’t have time to do all of the chopping and mixing and fussing to make a delicious dinner, so I look for shortcuts. I’ve found the roasted pork tenderloin at Fresh Market to be a saving grace in dinner preparation. Here’s one of my favorite “go to” recipes that takes 10 minutes to prepare and plate:
PORK AU POIVRE
4 (1/2 inch thick) slices pork tenderloin (I purchase the pork loin already roasted in the deli section of Fresh Market)
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon salt (or a little more to taste)
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup cognac
1/3 cup heavy cream
- Melt butter in a frying pan. Place pork tenderloin slices in the pan and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Heat the pork over medium heat, turning once, for 2 or 3 minutes, until pork is browned.
- Carefully remove the pork slices from pan and place on a plate. Add cognac to pan and warm slightly. Add cream to cognac and stir, warming for a minute or two. Place the pork back into the pan and spoon the sauce over the pork. Serve warm.
To complete my Pork Au Poivre dinner I serve a Fresh Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (also purchased at Fresh Market). Minimal cooking with maximum flavor!
With less time in the kitchen I can enjoy nap time with these two little rascals…
The champagne pairing which was absolutely fabulous with the Pork Au Poivre was Francoise Bedel Dis, “Vin Secret” Champagne. Beautiful golden color with a delicate bead of fine bubbles. Ripe fruit and baked apple, with hints of tropical fruit. 86% Pinot Meunier, 8% Pinot Noir and 6% Chardonnay, the earthiness of the Pinot Meuneir makes this champagne a lovely pairing for roasted pork. My husband proclaimed it a “Perfect Pairing”! $50 range. Available locally at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar or on-line. http://mrbillswinecellar.com
I found this gem at one of our local grocery stores, Tinnell’s Finer Foods ~ http://tinnells.com
A lovely weekend sparkling! It’s fresh, it’s pink, it’s peachy, it’s fizzy, and it’s only $13.99. A blend of Syrah and Chardonnay from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. http://www.trevericellars.com
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