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I’m constantly looking for quick weeknight meals that are flavorful and not boring. This Peppercorn Pork fit the bill. It took about 30 minutes to make. The meat had a bit of kick from the crushed peppercorn, but the sweet Cider Sauce balanced it out nicely. The Apple Barley Salad would be a bit bland on its own, but I really enjoyed it with the pork and sauce.

Peppercorn Pork with Dijon-Cider Sauce

and Apple Barley Salad

Adapted from Cuisine at Home (p. 15)

recipe not posted online but other Cuisine at Home recipes are found here

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 2-inch thick medallions
  • kosher salt
  • 1 Tbs. whole peppercorn blend, freshly ground or crushed
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbs. minced shallots
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. dry white wine, such as Chardonnay
  • 1 c. apple juice (or cider)
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Season pork medallions with kosher salt. Dredge one side of the medallions in the crushed pepper. Add to the hot skillet, pepper-side down. Cook until browned, about 3 minutes.

Flip medallions and continue cooking until meat is cooked (about 145F at the center), about 6 more minutes. Transfer medallions to a plate, cover with foil, and let them rest.

In same skillet, add remaining olive oil, shallots, and tomato paste. Saute for 1 minute.

Add wine and deglaze pan, scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer until almost evaporated.

Add apple juice and vinegar, simmering until it reduces to about 1/3 a cup, 5-7 minutes. Whisk in mustard and season with salt.

Serve with Apple Barley Salad

Ingredients:

  • Barley*
  • 1 sweet red apple, diced
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp. sugar

* Cook barley according to package. I used 1 c. uncooked barley, yielding 3-4 c. cooked.

In a small non-stick pan, melt butter. Add apples and cook until apples are just softened, a couple minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Add to barley and stir to combine.

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