Recipe: Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Rhubarb-Orange Sauce
2 pork tenderloins (about 1½ pounds total), trimmed of fat
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons minced shallot
½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Chopped fresh chives, to garnish
1. Trim off the thin end piece of each tenderloin, cutting off about a 3-inch section. Slice the remaining portion of each tenderloin crosswise into ¾-inch rounds. You should end up with about 18 to 20 pieces, including the 2 thin sections cut from the ends. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Working in batches, add the pork to the skillet. Cook, turning to brown on all sides, for about four to five minutes, or until the pork is just pink at the center (about 145 F). Transfer the pork to a plate, cover with foil and let it rest while you prepare the sauce.
3. Return the skillet to the heat and add the remaining tablespoon of oil, the rhubarb and the sugar. Saute for two minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the orange juice and simmer for two minutes.
4. In a small bowl or glass, whisk together the water and cornstarch, then add to the simmering broth in a stream, whisking. Return the sauce to a boil, then whisk in the mustard and any juices that have collected on the plate from the pork.
5. To serve, divide the pork medallions between 6 plates, then top with some of the sauce. Garnish with chives.
Nutrition information per serving: 200 calories; 60 calories from fat (30 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 75 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 2 g sugar; 25 g protein; 420 mg sodium.
From Sara Moulton, The Associated Press