Pork Medallions with Fig and Port Wine Sauce

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This dish showcases how deliciously pork complements the sweet and tart tastes of fruit.

Pork Medallions with Fig and Port Wine Sauce
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 45 minutes

  • 16 small dried Mission figs , stemmed

  • 1 cup tawny port (see Note)

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil , plus 1 tablespoon, divided

  • 1 cup onion thinly sliced

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme , chopped

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar , or more to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt , divided

  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

  • 1 pork tenderloin (1-1 1/4 pounds), trimmed and sliced into 1-inch-thick medallions

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  1. Place figs in a small microwavable bowl and cover with port. Cover the bowl and microwave on High for 3 minutes.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent, 4 to 6 minutes. Add broth, thyme, bay leaf and the fig-port mixture. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, 10 to 12 minutes. Season with vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside.

  3. Sprinkle both sides of pork medallions with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper and dredge lightly with flour, shaking off the excess.

  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the medallions and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the reserved fig-port sauce; bring to a simmer and cook until the pork is cooked, but still a little pink in the center, about 2 minutes. The sauce should be syrupy. If not, remove the medallions with a slotted spoon to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm. Boil the sauce until it’s reduced and syrupy. Discard the bay leaf. Serve the sauce over the medallions.

Note: What differentiates tawny from ruby port is that tawny is aged in oak, turning its ruby color toward brown.

Nutritional Facts

38 g
9 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
27 g
74 mg
Dietary Fiber
4 g
828 mg
349 mg
4 servings
1 fruit
1 other carbohydrate
3 1/2 lean meat
24% daily value
17% dv

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