Pork medallions with blackcurrant, apple & crispy sage
A hearty meal with the sweet twist of blackcurrants
- Preparation: 20 mins
- Cooking: 40 mins
- Serves: 4
What you need:
- 1½ tbsp butter
- glug of olive oil
- 1 small red eating apple, cored and cut into medium sized wedges
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- 450g pork tenderloin
- a handful of fresh sage leaves
- 175ml port
- 1 tbsp cassis
- 300ml fresh chicken stock
- 50g blackcurrants
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
What you do:
- On a medium heat, melt 1/2 tbsp butter in a pan with a little olive oil and add the apple wedges to the pan, then sprinkle with 1 tsp of the sugar.
- Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden, adding the sage for the final minute.
- Transfer everything to a warmed plate and set aside in a warm place.
- Slice the pork into pieces about 1cm (½ inch) thick. Turn the heat up a little, and add a little more oil if necessary. Cook the pork for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly golden before adding to the apple slices and sage.
- Deglaze the pan with the port and cassis and bring to the boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer uncovered for about 5-10 minutes until reduced to a few tablespoons, then pour in the chicken stock and remaining 2 tsp of sugar.
- Continue to cook steadily for another 5-10 minutes until thickened to a sauce-like consistency and reduced further by half, then add the blackcurrants and continue to cook for a few more minutes.
- Pass the sauce through a sieve into a small pan, then place over a low heat and gradually whisk in the remaining butter and some seasoning.
- When ready to serve, drizzle the blackcurrant sauce over the pork and apple, garnished with the crispy sage.
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British Blackcurrant Foundation
British blackcurrants are renowned and bred for their deep purple colour, which indicates a high level of anthocyanins (disease fighting antioxidants) that guard against ageing, joint inflammation, eyestrain, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, cancer and urinary tract infections. Blackcurrants are also deliciously tasty and easy to incorporate into even the most hectic of schedules! Whether sprinkled in your porridge, baked into a pie or simply sipped as a juice.
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