Pork Scaloppine with Plum-Port Sauce

The flavor of this sweet-tart plum-port sauce, which is a wonderful complement to pork, changes depending on the variety of fruit you use; however, heating intensifies the flavor of all plums.

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 201
  • Calories from fat: 34%
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 11g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 79mg
  • Cholesterol: 70mg

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound firm-ripe red- or purple-skinned plums
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup port
  • 1/2 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 3/4 to 2 lb. total), fat trimmed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • Salt and cracked black pepper

Preparation

  1. 1. Rinse plums, cut in half, and pit. Cut about 1 cup thin slices, cover, and set aside up to 6 hours. Cut remaining fruit into chunks and drop into a blender or food processor; whirl until puréed.
  2. 2. In a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat, boil plum purée, shallots, garlic, sugar, vinegar, port, and broth, stirring often until reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Pour into a bowl; cover and let stand at room temperature up to 6 hours. Rinse and dry pan.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, rinse pork, pat dry, and cut across the grain into 3/4-inch-thick slices. A few slices at a time, place meat between sheets of plastic wrap and, with a flat mallet, pound firmly but gently to an even 1/4 inch thick. Roll meat in plastic wrap, put in a plastic bag, seal, and chill up to 6 hours.
  4. 4. In the frying pan over high heat, combine 1 tablespoon oil and the butter. When butter is sizzling, peel plastic wrap from meat and fill pan with 1 layer of pork. As pieces shrink, add more meat. Cook, turning to brown on each side, until no longer pink in center (cut to test), about 5 minutes per batch. Add more oil as needed. As scaloppine is cooked, transfer to a platter and keep warm in a 200° oven.
  5. 5. Pour port-plum sauce into frying pan and stir over high heat until boiling; pour into a small bowl. Garnish scaloppine with reserved plum slices. Ladle plum sauce over portions; add salt and pepper to taste.
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