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Curried Pork and Squash


This is the ultimate one-skillet meal because the pork, squash and buttery balsamic sauce all cook in the same pan.

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  1. One 12-ounce pork tenderloin, cut into 6 medallions and flattened slightly
  2. 1 teaspoon Madras curry powder
  3. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  6. 1/2 cup butternut squash, cut into 1/3-inch dice
  7. 1 small red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
  8. 2 large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps thickly sliced
  9. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  10. 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  1. Heat a large, heavy skillet until hot to the touch. Season the pork medallions with the curry powder, salt and pepper. Add the olive oil to the skillet, then add the pork medallions and cook over moderately high heat until lightly browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the medallions and add the butter. Move the pork to one side of the skillet and add the squash. Cook, stirring the squash occasionally, until crisp-tender, 2 minutes. Transfer the pork medallions to a plate and keep warm.
  2. Add the onion and shiitake to the squash, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring until all of the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, thyme and any accumulated pork juices to the squash. Spoon the vegetables onto plates, arrange the pork medallions around them and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, peppery Zinfandel.