Pork Tenderloin with Swiss Chard and Polenta

This recipe makes enough polenta to refrigerate for later use. As it chills, it becomes firm and sliceable -- perfect for broiling or pan-frying.

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  • Yield: Serves 4
Pork Tenderloin with Swiss Chard and Polenta

Source: Everyday Food, January 2010

Ingredients

  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/3 cups quick-cooking polenta
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound), cut into 12 equal slices
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for dish
  • 2 medium white onions, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard (3/4 pound), stems cut into 1/2-inch pieces and leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

Directions

  1. In a 4-quart pot, bring milk and 5 cups broth to a boil over medium-high. Gradually whisk in polenta. Continue to whisk until polenta thickens. Reduce heat to low, season with salt and pepper, and simmer gently, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until cooked, about 25 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, flatten pork pieces into medallions between the palms of your hands. Season pork with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add half the pork and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil; repeat with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and pork.

  3. Return skillet to heat and add 1 teaspoon oil, onions, chard stems, and cup broth. Cook, scraping up browned bits, until vegetables begin to soften, 5 minutes (reduce heat to prevent burning as needed). Add chard leaves and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar, 3/4 cup broth, and pork with any accumulated juices; cook until liquid has almost evaporated, 4 minutes.

  4. Pour 4 cups polenta into a lightly oiled 8-inch square baking dish; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for later use. Stir butter into remaining polenta. Season pork and vegetables with salt and pepper and serve over polenta.

Cook's Notes

Soft polenta can require more liquid than the package instructions typically call for.

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