Monday, 20 May 2013

Pork and Peppers

One small pork tenderloin can easily feed 2-4 people. This recipe is great whether you add 2 or 4 peppers (any kind you like) and is fantastic served over rice. The pork tenderloin is lean and cooks quickly. You slice it very thin and add some bright seasonings, fresh herbs and some honey and lime to finish.

You will need:

  • 1 pork tenderloin-cleaned of silver skin and any fat. Once pork is marinated slice very thin.
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian or Tuscan seasonings
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 leek - sliced 
  • 1-2 sweet red peppers - sliced into thin strips
  • 1-2 sweet yellow peppers - sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small onion - sliced thin
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic - chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp hot chili flakes
  • 1 spring onion - sliced fine
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (flat is always better than curly)
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tomato - chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup brandy or white wine
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lime - juiced 

Step 1: clean pork and remove the tough silver skin. Place in a bowl or Ziploc bag and add olive oil, smoked paprika and Italian or Tuscan seasonings. Let marinate for 1 hour to overnight in fridge.

Step 2: slice and chop all your ingredients. This is just like a stir fry and you need everything prepared because the cooking happens quickly. 

Step 3: after your meat has marinated slice very thin and set aside.

Step 4: in a hot pan add olive oil, leek, peppers, onions, salt and pepper. Cook quickly for 3-4 minutes until still crunchy but, just starting to brown around edges. Remove from pan and set aside.

Step 5: to same pan add pork and quickly saute until just starting to brown. Do not over cook this very tender meat it will take 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

Step 6: in same pan add your aromatics. Cook olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, spring onion, parsley, cilantro, tomato paste and tomato for 2 minutes.

Step 7: add brandy or white wine, cook 1 minute and add honey and lime juice. Immediately add the peppers and pork tenderloin. Cook 1 - 2 minutes more and you are done. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper if necessary.

You can serve over rice or with more cooked vegetables.

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