Pork Loin with Figs and Port Sauce
Pork works well with many kinds of fruit, but the subtle sweetness of fresh figs (plus port wine) makes for an especially seductive combination.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup port wine
- 1/2 pound ripe fresh figs (about 8), stemmed and halved
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a medium ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Generously season pork with salt and pepper; brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat. Transfer skillet to oven, and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork registers 145 degrees, 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate; tent loosely with aluminum foil (reserve skillet).
Place skillet over medium heat; add shallot, and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Gradually whisk in port; cook until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Add figs; cook until warmed through, about 1 minute (adjust consistency of sauce with water if needed). Slice pork, and serve with figs and port sauce.
SourceEveryday Food, October 2008