Pork Tenderloins Braised with Red Cabbage


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Luxurious Pinot Noir and the vibrant color of red cabbage create a perfectly gourmet pork dish.

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  • 3 pork tenderloins
  • 1 C. Pinot Noir
  • 1/2 C. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves, crumbled
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • Ground cloves
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 3 thick slices bacon
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, sliced or julienned
  • 1 (2-lb.) red cabbage, cored, thinly shredded
  • 1/2 C. beef stock (homemade or canned)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper Steamed baby carrots, for garnish

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Trim the tenderloins of all fat and silver skin. Combine the Pinot Noir, 1/2 C. olive oil, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves, garlic and a pinch of ground cloves in a non-corrosive bowl and whisk to mix well. Add the tenderloin and turn to coat well. Marinate, covered, at room temperature for 1 hour, or in the refrigerator for 8 hours or longer, turning 2 or 3 times. Remove the tenderloins to drain on paper towels, reserving the marinade. Cut the tenderloins into halves. Brown in 2 Tbs. olive oil in a large, heavy saute pan. Remove the pork. Cut the bacon into 1/4-inch strips. Add to the saute pan. Cook over low heat just until light brown.

Add the onion and sliced or julienned carrots. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cabbage. Cook until it begins to wilt. Add the reserved marinade with the garlic, beef stock, salt and pepper; mix well. Add the pork, covering with the cabbage. Cook, covered, over low heat for 10 minutes, turning the pork once. Remove the pork to a plate. Cook the cabbage, uncovered, until any remaining liquid is reduced to syrup. Adjust the seasonings. Slice the pork. Spoon the cabbage onto plates and arrange the pork on top. Garnish with steamed baby carrots.

Yield: 6 servings

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