Pork Medallions with Prunes and Red Wine

When cooking with wine, make sure to use good quality-if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it either.


  • 1/4 cup EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 3/4 to 2 pounds pork tenderloin, sliced 1 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 cups merlot wine
  • 18 pitted prunes, cut in half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 handfuls chopped fresh parsley (flat leaf)
  • Crusty bread to pass around the table


In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Gently pound out the pork medallions to 1/4 inch thick and season with salt and pepper. Add the meat to the skillet in batches and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and set aside.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, to the skillet. Add the onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and prunes, and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, nutmeg, cinnamon, some salt and about 1 teaspoon pepper. Lower the heat and simmer until the prunes are plumped, about 5 minutes. Return the pork to the skillet; heat through. Add the butter to the sauce and stir until melted.

Serve the pork and prunes on plates and top with the parsley. Pass the roll around the table.

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