Pork Scaloppine with Tomato Basil Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 pork tenderloin, about 10 to 14 ounces, cut into 4 pieces, crosswise

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 shallot, minced

1 tablespoon cognac

1/4 cup Homemade Chicken Stock, recipe follows or canned low-sodium chicken broth, skimmed of fat

1 tablespoon grainy mustard

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 tablespoons finely chopped plum tomato

1 tablespoon finely chopped basil

2 heads radicchio, quartered

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Homemade Chicken Stock:

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

6 sprigs fresh dill or 2 teaspoons dried dill

6 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 dried bay leaves

2 leeks, washed, white and pale-green parts only, cut into 1/3

2 carrots, scrubbed, cut into 1/3

2 stalks celery, cut into 1/3

1 (4-pound) chicken, cut into 6 pieces

1 1/2 pounds chicken wings

1 1/2 pounds chicken backs

2 (48-ounce) cans low-sodium chicken broth, about 12 cups

6 cups cold water

Directions

  1. Pound pork pieces between 2 pieces of plastic wrap to 1/4-inch thick with a rolling pin.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Season pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Add meat to pan, and cook until browned. (There will be a release of juices on the surface of the meat after it has been turned.) Transfer meat to a platter, and keep warm. Pour off any excess fat from skillet, and discard. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Return skillet to heat, add the shallot, and cook for about 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat, and deglaze with cognac. Return skillet to stove, and carefully ignite with a match. When flames subside, add chicken stock and mustard; reduce to thicken, 1 to 2 minutes. Add heavy cream, tomato, basil, and salt and pepper,to taste. Cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, and serve sauce over pork.
  4. Meanwhile, toss radicchio with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Place on preheated grill pan, turning as it begins to color. Remove from grill pan, drizzle with balsamic vinegar, and serve with pork scaloppine.

Homemade Chicken Stock:

  1. Place peppercorns, dill, parsley, bay leaves, leeks, carrots, celery, chicken, wings, and backs into a large stockpot. Add stock and 6 cups cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a very gentle simmer, and cook for 45 minutes. Liquid should just bubble up to the surface. A skin will form on the surface of the liquid; skim this off with a slotted spoon, and discard. Repeat as needed. After 45 minutes, remove chicken from the pot, and set aside until it is cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, set the meat aside, and return the bones to the pot. Shred the chicken, and set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use. Continue to simmer the stock, on the lowest heat possible, for 3 hours, skimming as needed. The chicken bones will begin to disintegrate. Strain the stock through a fine sieve into a very large bowl. Discard the solids. Place the bowl in an ice bath, and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to airtight containers. Stock may be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 4 months. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or overnight. If storing, leave fat layer intact to the seal the stock. Before using, remove the layer of fat that has collected on the surface.
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