Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tender Pork with Tomatoes, Couscous and Roasted Potatoes

This is simple dish that my mother used to make. I never got tired of it and it was a great way to make me eat meat. Like many children, I was quite particular about meat - sometimes I loved it, sometimes not.

This dish is also how I got Simon to enjoy pork. He was never really enthusiastic about 'the other white meat' until he tasted this - the pork melts in your mouth.

I buy whole tenderloins, cut them into pieces and then beat it with a meat tenderizer. I am pretty sure that you can buy pork that is already tenderized - but the less your meat is manipulated by a machine, the better you should feel about it! Do that extra step yourself.

We love to eat this with couscous, you could also serve it with basmati rice, it works well. Couscous is the easiest thing in the world to do and soaks up the sauce beautifully.

Tender Pork with Tomatoes

1 pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, tenderized until very thin
1 can chopped tomatoes, good quality
1/2 Spanish onion, sliced
8 cloves garlic, chopped
Thyme, other herbs, to taste
1 cup chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saute pan, add a bit of olive oil and cook the onion until translucent but still crispy. Add the pork to the pan, taking care not to overcrowd. Let cook for 2-3 minutes, add some stock if necessary. Add all the rest of the ingredients and let simmer until the sauce gets thicker, about 15 minutes.

We have added different ingredients to the sauce and found that it always tastes best when it is simple. One good addition though if you want to make it extra nutritious are lima beans or broad beans, those work well as the are meaty and absorb the sauce!

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