By now, it's no secret that I am an all-American, red-meat lovin' lady. I really enjoy a good steak, especially when it's accompanied by a glass of Cabernet. However, between high cholesterol and expanding waistlines, something's gotta give (and hopefully it's not the chair). The solution? Pork Au Poivre.
A take on the classic (and highly caloric) Steak Au Poivre, Ellie Krieger's pork version is big on flavor without the added fat. The "Au Poivre" is what gives the dish its bold flavor but instead of encrusting a filet with pepper, Ellie uses pork tenderloin (I substituted thin-cut boneless pork chops which turned out fine). The traditional cognac cream sauce is replaced with an equally luxurious red wine reduction (don't be scared by the word "reduction"--you just pour wine in the pan and let it simmer...easy-peasy).
The pepper adheres to the pork with a light slathering of Dijon mustard, which you barely taste in the finished dish. It just adds a nice depth of flavor but isn't overpowering. Throw some veggies on the side, cook up some rice, and you've got a delicious meal that won't leave you with Chewer's Remorse.
p.s. Try it out with a nice red (you need some for the recipe anyway)! One of our favorites? Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon. A bottle is around $12, but tastes like it's worth a lot more. Cheers!
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