Balsamic Braised Pork Tenderloins with Fresh Figs
Use fresh figs to add some sweetness to these balsamic braised pork tenderloins. Bonus: There is no added sugar! The dish starts on the stove top and finishes in the oven, freeing you up for other tasks. We like this dish with roasted potatoes that let the oven do double duty. A simple green salad completes the meal.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 2(1 1/2 pound) pork tenderloins
- 1teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
- 2tablespoons olive oil
- 2shallots, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 12fresh figs, stemmed and halved
- 1cup chicken broth
- ¼cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
- 1tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
- fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish (optional)
Step 1Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2Pat tenderloins dry and remove silver skin, if present. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.
Step 3Pour oil into a large, oven-proof skillet and heat over medium-heat until oil shimmers. Carefully place seasoned tenderloins into the hot oil and brown on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes total.
Step 4Add sliced shallots around tenderloins and stir, about 1 minute. Add figs, chicken broth, and balsamic vinegar. When the mixture begins to bubble, sprinkle minced rosemary over everthing.
Step 5Cover, place in the preheated oven and bake until pork is no longer pink in the center, 25 to 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
Step 6Using tongs, remove pork from the skillet and place on a serving platter. With a slotted spoon, remove figs from the skillet and place around the tenderloins. Cover loosely with foil.
Step 7Place skillet back onto the stovetop over medium-high heat. Bring pan juices to a boil and allow to reduce to about 3/4 cup, 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 8Slice tenderloins, drizzle reduced liquid over the meat, and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired.