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Pork Medallions with Pomegranate-Berry Sauce

Posted by ReganJonesRD
March 30, 2016
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The name sounds fancy, but this easy recipe for Pork Medallions uses less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

The name sounds fancy, but this easy recipe for Pork Medallions uses less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

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The name sounds fancy, but this easy recipe for Pork Medallions uses less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

Pork Medallions with Berry Pomegranate Sauce

This easy dinner recipe sounds fancy and complicated, but it's so not (okay, well it is a little fancy in that "I'm not another casserole" kinda way), but it's definitely not complicated. Pork medallions with a nice pan sauce are one of those hidden secrets food folks know -- they look special on a plate (i.e. not another chicken breast) but they're really simple to make. You simply cut up a pork tenderloin into slices, pan sear and then top with some sort of yummy juice. They cook through in no time and (IMHO) pair well with fruity sauces (which always seem to be a hit with kids).

I've opted in this recipe for a combo of pomegranate juice and dried berries, but you could easily change this up with another juice -- like apple -- and another dried fruit -- like dried tart cherries... whatever you have on hand. The chives add a slight onion flavor, without being overpowering and the mustard deepens the flavor and thickens the sauce (as does the very important reduction step at the end, so don't skip either.)

I can't recall the side dishes on the night I served these medallions to my family. But, I can recall that EVERYONE ate it and loved it... which, as you probably know by now, is no small task. My suggestion for your menu would be a simple side of mashed potatoes and my Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples. Enjoy!

The name sounds fancy, but this easy recipe for Pork Medallions uses less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

Turn fancy into easy with Pork Medallions. Less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make via @ReganJonesRD
The name sounds fancy, but this easy recipe for Pork Medallions uses less than 10 ingredients and takes just minutes to make.

Pork Medallions with Pomegranate-Berry Sauce

Yield

Serves 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or coarse grained mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup dried mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (I used and love Gourmet Garden "lightly dried" chives)
  • 1 (1 1/4-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1-inch-thick medallions
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Garnish: chopped parsley or additional chives

Directions

  1. Combine pomegranate juice, mustard, brown sugar, soy sauce, berries and chives in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave on HIGH 1 minute and let stand while pork cooks.
  2. Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat; season pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Add oil to pan; add pork and cook until deeply golden, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook until just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a platter, cover and keep warm.
  3. Pour berry mixture into skillet, stirring to release brown bits from bottom of pan. Simmer until liquid has reduced by about half (or about 2 to 3 minutes). Spoon sauce over pork and serve immediately.
Click for nutritional information
Calories 463
Carbohydrates 34.7g
Fiber 2g
Sugar 29.7g
Fat 12g
Protein 49.3g
Sodium 236mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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