Pork with Ginger Sauce and Apple-Onion Flans
- SERVINGS: 4
Mary Beth and Roland Liccioni make use of the pickled ginger served with sushi for the pork's sweet tangy sauce. The dish synthesizes the classical French training they share with Roland's Vietnamese heritage.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped onion or shallot
- 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped carrot
- 3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
- 1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
- 1/2 teaspoon julienned pickled ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 12 medallions
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
- Apple-Onion Flans
- In a small nonreactive saucepan, bring the sugar, vinegar and lemon juice to a boil over high heat. Cook until golden and reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.
- In another small saucepan, heat 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the onion and carrot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the sugar-vinegar syrup, fresh ginger, and chicken stock and boil over high heat until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 15 minutes. Strain the sauce into a small bowl. Stir in the julienned pickled ginger and lime zest.
- Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy, nonreactive skillet. Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Add the medallions to the skillet, in batches if necessary, and cook over high heat until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side for medium. Arrange the pork on 4 plates and keep warm.
- Add the ginger sauce to the skillet and bring to a simmer over high heat, scraping up any browned bits. Spoon the sauce over the pork and garnish with the lime wedges. Unmold an Apple-Onion Flan onto each plate and serve at once.
The sweet, spicy, tart and fruity flavors surrounding a mild tenderloin call for a dry white wine that can cut through the fat and won't be diminished by the ginger notes or the creamy flan. A Gewürztraminer, such as the Bouchaine from California or the Domaine Weinback Cuvée Théo from Alsace, has just the aromatic spiciness to pull all these flavors together.