Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pork in Balsamic Vinegar

This is my favorite favorite favorite pork recipe. My mother has been making it for years, and when I was in college, she typed up the recipe for me and printed it out on her dot-matrix printer so I could make it for myself. I never knew the source until this Christmas. I was laying in bed while at my parent's house, reading a cookbook (yes, I read cookbooks...in bed....it is strange) and came across the recipe. It was in one of Mary Ann Esposito's cookbook. My mom used to watch her cooking show, Ciao Italia, on PBS when I was a kid. Her recipes RULE, so I highly recommend her. Here is Maiale con Aceto Balsamico.

1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon pink peppercorns
1/2 cup Colavita™ Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 1/2 pounds boneless pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and coarsely ground black pepper to taste
2/3 cup dry white wine (preferably Frascati)

To make the marinade, in a skillet, combine the onion and cider vinegar and simmer until the onion is soft. Add the rosemary, sage, parsley, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, peppercorns, and extra-virgin olive oil. Stir well, remove from the heat, and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Pat the meat dry with paper towels and rub it all over with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

In a frying pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the meat on all sides. Transfer the meat to a baking dish and add 1/3 cup of the wine to the dish. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked to 155º to 160ºF. Midway through the cooking, add the remaining 1/3 cup wine to the pan.

Transfer the meat to a deep nonmetal dish just large enough to hold it. Pour the marinade over the meat, and let it marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or up to 3 days.

Bring the meat, in the marinade, to room temperature before serving. Cut it in thin slices, arrange on a serving platter, and spoon some of the marinade over the slices.

Note: This dish can also be reheated in the marinade and served warm. Either way, it is a winner.

This recipe is from CIAO ITALIA by Mary Ann Esposito, published by William Morrow and Company Inc., in 1991.


Heather W. said...

Hi Natalie,
I just followed your link from your comment and discovered your food blog! I LOVE pork with balsamic vinegar.

Natalie said...

You should try this recipe one weekend. Love it and it's really easy.

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