Pork Medallions with Grapes in Pomegranate Sauce

Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way
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Pork tenderloin is succulent, flavorful, and lean, delicious roasted whole or cut crosswise into medallions and sautéed. I accompany it with a sweet-sour sauce similar to what I would serve with venison, with pomegranate juice and chicken stock thickened with a little ketchup. Seedless grapes finish the dish nicely and shredded arugula gives it a special accent at the end, although you can use chopped chives or parsley instead, if you like. —Jacques Pépin

4 servings

  • 1 large pork tenderloin (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock, homemade, or low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 cup small green seedless grapes
  • 3 tablespoons dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded arugula

Trim the pork tenderloin of most of the fat and silverskin and cut it crosswise into 1-inch-thick medallions.

Preheat the oven to its lowest setting. Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet. Sprinkle the medallions with the salt and pepper. Arrange the medallions in a single layer in the skillet and cook them over high heat for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side, or until lightly pink inside. Transfer the medallions to a plate and keep warm in the oven.

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Add the pomegranate juice and chicken stock to the skillet, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the ketchup, grapes, and cherries or cranberries and mix well. Boil for about 1 minute, or until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened.

Arrange the medallions on four warm plates, coat with the sauce and grapes, and sprinkle with the shredded arugula. Serve.