Farmer-Style Pork Tenderloin with Pimentón Sauce
- ACTIVE: 40 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
This classic pork dish is often referred to as a farmer's recipe because it is prepared with only the most basic ingredients. Unlike many braised meats, which get their richness from being cooked for hours, this pork tenderloin needs to simmer for only 20 minutes in a wine sauce spiked with pimentón. Made from dried red peppers that have been smoked over oak, then ground, pimentón is produced in La Vera, in the Cáceres region of Spain.
- Two 3/4-pound pork tenderloins
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon sweet pimentón (see Note)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dry red wine, preferably Rioja
- 1 cup beef or chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 4 piquillo peppers from a jar, cut lengthwise into 1/2 inch strips
- Season the pork with salt and pepper. In a large, shallow baking dish, mix 1 tablespoon of the olive oil with the parsley and pimentón. Add the tenderloins and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes or refrigerate for at least 1 hour or for up to 2 hours.
- In a large, deep skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the pork and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the pork to a plate.
- Add the bay leaves, green bell pepper and onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until softened, 4 minutes. Add the flour and stir until a smooth paste forms. Gradually whisk in the wine; bring to a simmer, whisking for 2 minutes. Whisk in the stock and tomato paste and return to a simmer.
- Return the pork tenderloin and any accumulated juices to the skillet and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Turn and simmer for about 10 minutes longer, or just until the pork is pink in the center. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove the bay leaves from the pan sauce and pour into a food processor or blender and puree. Return the sauce to the skillet, add the piquillo peppers and bring to a simmer over moderately low heat. Season with salt and pepper. Thickly slice the pork and serve with the pan sauce.
A spicy Spanish red will stand up to the rich, smoky wine sauce here.