Wine’s The Way To Go

I drink enough wine, it’s about time I spent more time cooking with it! So recently I have begun experimenting with making various wine sauces. Wine sauces are an easy way to add a nice rich flavor to dishes. I made dinner for family last weekend and decided a pork tenderloin with a white wine sauce was the way to go, adding some dried cherries that friends from Michigan sent us to give the dish a sweet little pop.

Cooking for groups can be tricky, especially as kids tend to be pickier, many people have allergies or dietary restrictions, and some of us are more adventurous with our food than others. This meal was a filling, healthy, tasty combination we all could agree on. Success!

Pork Tenderloin w/ Glazed Cherries Sauce
–2 lbs. lean pork tenderloin, any excess fat or skin removed.

–salt & pepper
–2 tsp olive oil, divided
–1 medium shallot, minced
–1 cup white wine
–2 cups chicken broth or stock
–1/4 cup dried cherries

Heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Season the pork with a few sprinkles of salt and pepper and sear the pork tenderloin on all sides for 2 minutes each. Searing the meat will help to lock in the juices. Place the meat in an oven safe dish and place into the oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes turn the pork loins and cook another 7 minutes. Use a knife plunged into the thickest part of the pork loin to check doneness. You want the interior of the pork to be a light pink in color as the pork will continue to cook while it is resting. When the pork is done remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for 4-5 minutes before slicing.

Heat the remaining teaspoon of olive oil in the pan, again, swirl to coat. Add the shallot and sauté over medium-high heat for a few minutes, stirring regularly, until the shallot is soft and begins to brown. Add the wine and the stock/broth.

Up the heat if necessary to bring the liquid to a boil. Then, reduce it to a simmer and cook until the sauce begins to reduce.

Add the cherries and stir to combine. You may wish you add a little more wine or stock as needed to make more sauce. If your sauce is thin and not thickening or reducing well, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch blended well with 2 TBSP of warm water (mix this together well before adding it to the sauce). Slice the pork into 1/2″ thick rounds and serve with the cherries sauce spooned over the pork rounds.

Dammit Jim, I’m a cook, not a doctor…
Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4
Calories: 442 per serving

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