When looking for quick, uncomplicated weeknight dinners, there's one cut of meat I always seem to forget: pork medallions. Quite simply, pork medallions are one-inch-thick slices of pork tenderloin. They cook rapidly, can take on distinct flavor profiles, and taste juicy and delicious.
This dish combines the medallions with peppery arugula and ripe tomatoes. The pork is further seasoned with pungent garlic, salty prosciutto, and tangy balsamic vinegar. To get the recipe for this meal that comes together in minutes,
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch-thick medallions
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 pound arugula, stems discarded and leaves chopped
1 pound plum tomatoes, chopped
- In a very large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the prosciutto and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the garlic is golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Season the pork medallions with salt and pepper, add them to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat until well browned on the outside and medium within, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the medallions to a plate and keep warm.
- Add the balsamic vinegar to the skillet and cook until nearly evaporated, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
- Add the arugula and toss until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the prosciutto and garlic. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the arugula to a platter, top with the pork and serve.
- Main Dishes, Pork