Pork loin with dried fruit sauce

I got a bit bored of the milk braised pork loin I always do.

So I looked for another recipe. My mother suggested a dried plum sauce, which sounded great – pity I didn’t have dried plums.

After hearing my mother’s version, looking on internet for a while and seeing what I actually had at home, this is what I came up with.

pork loin

and olive oil, of course

First, prepare your meat. Massage it (yep, massage it) with salt, pepper and then coat it with flour.

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Heat a spoonful of olive oil in a non-stick pan and sear the loin on all sides.

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When it’s completely seared, add some butter. When the butter has been absorbed by the flour (this will be a quick process!) pour in half a glass of white wine. This will also evaporate quickly – at this point add some meat stock or a homemade bouillon cube and some hot water.

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Now your meat is ready to sit and cook for a while. Lower the stove and remember to turn it every so often. Depending on the size, it’ll have to cook anywhere from 30 minutes upwards. This one is for two and cooked about 40 mins.

You can start on the sauce.

Julienne the onion – I used spring onion but red or white onion are also fine. Shallots will probably be great, too. Dice your dried fruit. I used apricots, raisins and cranberries, but the first time I snuck in some dates! What will you use?

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Sautee the onions and the dried fruit in a tiny bit of oil (just to stop them from sticking) then add a large glass of red wine and a glass of stock. Let it reduce.

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When it has reduced by about half, add half a glass of brandy.

brandy

We finished ours….

Let it cook some more.

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Your meat is probably ready, isn’t it?

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Take it out and let it rest for 5 mins so the juices can spread evenly in the meat. While you wait, pour the dried fruit sauce in the leftover meat juices.

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When you’re ready, slice the meat, plate it and cover it with the dried fruit sauce.

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I made a side of baked butternut squash. Wild rice is a good idea, too, and mashed potatoes 🙂

pork loin with dried fruit sauce

Enjoy!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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