This is another one of my very old “go to” recipes.
I have cravings for it ever so often. Pork tenderloin is a very common cut of meat at home. There are so many things you can cook with it. Since it is almost or even as lean as chicken breast it is a great choice of meat.
When I cook Pork tenderloin, I often starts with searing it whole or cut in medallions and then I layer any kind of sauce or sides to it. This version of cooking the tenderloin is very tasty and it is a great comfort food. You can make it less heavy by using half & half (12% fat compared to heavy cream that is 35-38% fat) or a cooking cream. It’s all relative as they say.
Pork Tenderloin in a Mustard Basil sauce.
2 Pork tenderloins.
1 zucchini (finely sliced).
1/2 leek (finely sliced).
1/2 – 1 red pepper (sliced).
3-4 tbsp. Dijon mustard.
2/3 -1 c. heavy cream (You can also a use leaner alternative or Creme Fraiche).
2-3 tbsp. dried basil. (If you use fresh basil add a little but more).
Hot sauce to taste (optional).
Pepper to taste.
Trim the pork tenderloin (make sure you take the “silver skin” off - “Silver skin” is the tough membrane covering the top of a pork loin). Cut into 2/3″ medallions. Quickly fry/sear on both sides until golden brown. Remove the meat from the pan. Add the leek, zucchini and red peppers into the pan (let all the bits and pieces from frying the meat stay in the pan). Fry for a few minutes. Add the Dijon mustard (in portions so that you can control the taste). Let fry together for about a minute while stirring well. Add the heavy cream & the meat. Lower the heat and let simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Add the herbs and the hot sauce (optional). Pepper to taste. Serve it with a good tasting rice ( I love Basmati rice or red Korean rice for this) or even some mashed potatoes.