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
- 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.