This definitely company-worthy & easy-to-fix recipe from *French Bistro and Cafe Cooking* by Pierre-Yves Chupin (& the pic) made my eyes grow wide & my mouth water. Per his intro, "The art of simmering is a very important part of bistro cooking. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients, put them in a skillet (or casserole dish) & allow to cook b4 enjoying the rich flavors." Even that part of the recipe won me over. A white Burgundy (Rully or Pouilly-Fuisse) was suggested to accompany this dish. *Enjoy* ! *Edited To Add* In response to reviewer comments, I added the word *whole* to help describe the spice cloves, suggested med-sized shallots & gave options for the onion ingredient. :-)
- 800 g pork tenderloin (2 tenderloins, ea weighing 400 gm)
- olive oil (for frying)
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 500 g button mushrooms
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 whole cloves
- 3 shallots (med size)
- 8 baby onions (use cocktail, pearl or sml boiler size onions ~ your choice)
- 1 small fresh thyme sprig
- 250 ml single cream
- Cut pork tenderloins into 1-in thick medallions. Heat a little olive oil in a lrg non-stick skillet or frying pan & brown the meat on all sides. Season to taste pref w/salt & pepper.
- Wipe the mushrooms, slice thinly & add to the frying pan w/the garlic, bay leaf & whole cloves.
- Peel the shallots & baby onions. Slice the shallots & add them to the frying pan w/the whole baby onions & sprig of thyme. Cover & cook for 1 hr over a gentle heat.
- Remove bay leaf, cloves & thyme sprig. Add cream & bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly to thicken the sauce. Season to taste pref & serve immediately w/freshly boiled rice.
I loved this recipe. I should've paid attention when my mom tried to teach me things in the kitchen all those years ago, because now I want to be a good cook, but I'm not. Anyway, this recipe was easy (and fun) for a novice like me and the taste was really, really good. I couldn't believe I actually made a gravy and it tasted great! I'll make it again soon.
This was amazing. To make it a bit healthier I served it with brown rice & the sauce soaked into the rice, making it taste better. I also added some fresh chopped spinach on the top just as a garnish but as it warmed it sort of took on a casserole texture and was delicious.