Pork Medallions with Onion Marmalade
- ACTIVE: 30 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
- SERVINGS: 8
This recipe from superstar chef Massimo Bottura is simpler than the food he now cooks at his avant-garde three-star Michelin restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Still, it’s incredibly delicious: The savory marmalade made by cooking onions in butter and sugar is intensely rich in flavor.
- 2 medium white onions, finely chopped
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup plus 1/3 cup dry red wine
- 3/4 cup raspberry vinegar
- Eight 4-ounce pork loin medallions
- Freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
- 8 very thin slices of pancetta
- 2 tablespoons pure olive oil
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups beef stock
- In a saucepan, cook the onions over low heat with the butter and sugar until caramelized, 30 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of the wine along with the raspberry vinegar and boil until the liquid is syrupy, 8 minutes. Season with salt.
- Meanwhile, season the pork with salt and pepper; sprinkle with the rosemary. Top each medallion with a slice of pancetta and tie together with string. In a skillet, heat the oil and garlic. Add the pork, pancetta side down, and cook over moderately high heat until browned, 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate, turn the medallions and cook until just cooked through, 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil. Discard the garlic.
- Add the remaining 1/3 cup of wine and the balsamic vinegar to the skillet and boil, scraping up the browned bits, until reduced by half, 2 minutes. Add the stock and simmer until reduced to 2/3 cup, 5 minutes. Stir in any pork juices and season with salt and pepper. Remove the string and set the pork on plates. Serve with the onion marmalade and sauce.
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