Last week I posted the appetizer from our Christmas Eve dinner. This week, I am featuring the main course, pork loin with cherry sauce. This is a great recipe for winter dinner parties because it makes a beautiful presentation and the cherries in cider give the house a mouthwatering fragrance. The pork is seared with a savory herb crust, and then stays moist simmering in the cider.
1 cup hard apple cider
1 cup dried cherries
6 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds pork tenderloin
2 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
Place cider in a 2-cup glass measure. Microwave on high for 20 seconds or until warm. Add the dried cherries to the cider. Cover and let stand 10 minutes or until the cherries start to soften. Drain the cherries in a colander over a bowl, reserving the cider.
Combine flour, herbs de Provence, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Dredge pork in the flour mixture, coating all sides.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook about 3 minutes on each side until browned. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside.
Pour reserved cider into the pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Add cherries and shallots to the pan. Reduce heat and cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and bring to a simmer.
Return pork to the pan. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Uncover and turn pork over. Cook 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 155 degrees (slightly pink).
Place pork on a serving platter and allow to rest for five minutes. Cut into slices. Pour the cherry sauce over the top before serving.
How your kids can help
- 2-year old: Draining the cherries in a colander over a bowl.
- 3-year old: Combining the flour mixture in a shallow dish.
- 4-year old: Pouring the cherry sauce over the top of the pork before serving.
- 5-year old: Dredging the pork in the flour mixture.*
|A delicious Christmas Eve dinner.|
* Remember to teach your kids about good kitchen hygiene, especially with raw meat. Be sure your kids wash their hands thoroughly with warm soapy water before and after handling the pork.