RECIPE

Alentejo Pork with Chorizo and Mussels

This flavorful dish has a beautiful presentation. The tastes of mussels and pork go together perfectly.

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 1/2-2 pounds), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/3 pound pre-cooked chorizo, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 24 mussels, scrubbed
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • Crusty bread, for mopping

Preparation

Season the pork with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high heat until smoking. Working in batches, add the pork and cook until browned on the bottom, 2 minutes. Flip the meat, season with paprika and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate.

Add the chorizo to the skillet and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 7 minutes. Stir in the wine and simmer for 2 minutes. Return the pork to the pan.

Stir in the chicken broth and scatter the mussels around the skillet. Cover the pan and cook until the mussels open, 2-3 minutes. Remove the lid, sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve immediately with bread for mopping.

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