Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin with Marsala Sauce
This is such a delicious and really easy dinner party dish to make and it looks so very pretty. If like me you love to entertain but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen instead of entertaining your guests then this is a perfect dish.
You can prepare everything in the morning or even the day before in around 30 minutes then all you have to do is bake the pork and reheat the sauce..so simple.
I served this with some new potatoes, baby carrots, parsnip puree & steamed broccoli. I'm sure it would be wonderful with a vegetable rice pilaff too.
The recipe will serve 4-6 and will take around 30 minutes to prepare
2 pork fillets weighing around 375 grams/ 12 oz each
1 mediim onion finely diced
2 cloves of garlic minced
a 120g/ 4oz packet of Panko breadcrumbs or 2 slices of toasted white sandwich bread crumbed
60 gms/2oz butter
1 tsp sea salt
a small bunch of parsley chopped
2 tbsp mixed peppercorns ( I used 2tsps black crushed, 2 tsps red crushed and 2 tsps small green peppercorns in brine which I left whole) or just use what you have in store.
For the sauce :- if you like lots of sauce then I suggest you double the recipe
½pt chicken or beef stock
3 Tbsp Marsala or sherry ( I used Amontillado)
1 Tbsp aged Balsamic vinegar
4 Tbsp double cream (half & half)
a few crushed red peppercorns ( optional)
First carefully remove the silver skin & any fat from the pork (the skin goes tough & sinewy if left on)
Place in a suitably sized ovenproof pyrex dish, or line a baking tin with parchment paper and place the pork on top
In a frying pan melt the butter, add the onions & garlic and gently saute until soft.
In a bowl mix together the breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, peppercorns then add the onions & garlic.
Mix together well.
When cool press this mixture firmly onto the sides & top of the pork.
Pop back in the fridge for an hour to settle or until you are ready to bake it.
Heat the oven to 220c/ 425f/ gas 7
Bake for around 25 mins when the pork should be cooked through and the peppercorn crust golden and crispy.
Leave to rest somewhere warm for at least 5 minutes then slice through into roughly 1" slices.
While it is baking make the sauce.
Just place everything into a saucepan and whisk through to combine.
Place on the stove, bring to the boil and immediately turn it down to it's lowest setting
Continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced by half
you can then add a little chopped parsley of a few thyme leaves if you want.