Maple-Balsamic-Glazed Pork Medallions

This is the second time I've made this recipe, and it was just as good - if not better - the second time around. The Dijon and balsamic cut the sweetness of the sauce nicely, and the meat is incredibly juicy. This is definitely great to entertain with! I have to say, though, that I doubled the recipe this time to make "8" servings, and between 4 of us, we only have 3 pieces of pork left. Just a heads up ;)

Maple-Balsamic-Glazed Pork Medallions
Cooking Light December 2007

Balsamic vinegar and maple syrup combine for a sweet-tart sauce; Dijon mustard adds a savory note. Serve with whipped sweet potatoes and sautéed broccoli rabe.

¼ cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine syrup and vinegar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/3 cup (about 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in mustard.

Cut pork crosswise into 8 pieces. Place each pork piece between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork evenly with salt and pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side. Add vinegar mixture; cook 1 minute or until desired degree of doneness, turning pork to coat. Place 2 pork medallions on each of 4 plates; drizzle about 1 tablespoon syrup mixture over each serving.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional notes:
CALORIES 214 (27% from fat); FAT 6.4g (sat 1.7g,mono 3.3g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 22.7g; CHOLESTEROL 63mg; CALCIUM 22mg; SODIUM 409mg; FIBER 0.1g; IRON 1.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 15.3g

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

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