Mom decided that we needed a new shed. Not that the old shed wasn’t protecting our stuff and not that we’d acquired more stuff. But with the prospect of being away over the winter we needed new shed because our old shed was insufficient. Besides, we could acquire more stuff and put in it.
Discretion being the better part of self-preservation, I told Mom to get whatever she wanted. I’ve spent all day putting it together, of course with competent stupidvision and beer delivery. It’s big. It’s huge. It’s like a hangar.
You could put an entire flying saucer in there and never notice.
Note: Don’t forget to cut this recipe in half if you are only serving two! If you don’t like the taste of Marsala which is a dry wine, try any fruit juice of your choice instead!
2 pounds pork tenderloin (about 2 tenderloins)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium shallots, finely diced
12 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dry Marsala
1 cup homemade or low-salt chicken broth
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Trim the tenderloins of silver skin and any excess fat. Cut the tenderloins into 2-inch-thick medallions. Flip each medallion onto a cut side and press down with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Season the meat with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
2. Heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large saute pan over high heat. When the butter is melted and foaming, add half of the meat and sear until nicely browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the meat is well browned and slightly firm to the touch, about another 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining pork. You can also grill it and get nice grill marks!
3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the pan. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and saute for about 30 seconds, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the mushrooms and saute until all of the mushroom liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are golden, about 3 minutes. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, sprinkle with the flour, and add the Marsala. Once the Marsala has almost completely evaporated, add the chicken broth and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and parsley, return the pork and any accumulated juices to the pan, and cook, flipping the pork once, until it’s firm to the touch and still a little pink in the middle (cut into a piece to check), 2 to 4 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper and serve.