Pork Tenderloin with Calvados Cream Sauce

On September 23, 2012, in Featured, Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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This week’s #SundaySupper is all about apples as we celebrate the beginning of Fall with an Autumn Apple Party. Immersing ourselves into the apple theme we decided to spend Saturday at a couple apple orchards near San Bernadino about a hour and 20 minutes east of Pasadena.  Our first stop was Snow-Line Orchard where the boys watched donuts being made and tried about 15 different types of apples at the sampling table.

We stopped there to do u-pick raspberries since they didn’t do u-pick apples.  Sadly, by 1pm they had ran out of raspberries to pick so we enjoyed some donuts and drove down the road to Riley’s Los Rios Ranch. Riley’s was a lot of fun. The boys loved roaming around the rows of apple trees finding all kinds of varieties to pick.  We mostly ended up with some beautiful red delicious and granny smiths.

We brought home 5 pounds of apples, a pint of apple cider, and homemade caramel dip. Yes it’s a good weekend.

After a fun afternoon of apple picking, it was time to start cooking. I stopped by a store for some Calvados (Apple Brandy) and picked up an organic pork tenderloin at the market. I had some collard greens, sweet potato, and bunch of freshly picked apples to begin the night’s feast.

I paired this dish with a couple sides.  The first was some sauted collard greens.  Just chop some greens and slice half of an onion into thin half-moon.  Add some olive oil to a saute pan cooking the onions for a couple minutes then adding the greens and cooking them down for about 5-8 minutes. Toss a few times during cooking to mix the onions and greens together. You’re done.

For the second side, I chopped up two sweet potatoes and one apple into small cubes.  Tossed them with a handful of raisins, olive oil and salt and pepper .  Bake this in an oven proof casserole dish at 450 degrees for 30 minutes while you make the main the course.

 

Pork Tenderloin with Calvados Cream Sauce
Serves 4

1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ “steaks”
1 apple, thinly sliced
1 shallot, finely diced
2-3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper

Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in medium heat pan. Add the shallots and cook for two minutes.  While cooking pound the pork tenderloin “steaks” using a meat tenderizer, salt and pepper the pork and add to the pan.

Cook about 3 minutes on each side where the sides of the pork brown just a bit.  Don’t crowd the pan and set aside some of the tenderloin in a bowl.

With some pork tenderloins in the pan, add the apple brandy to the pan and if you feel daring ignite the brandy with a match after it heats in the pan for a second.  The flames will surge so be careful. Let it cook for a moment with the flames then carefully cover the pan to put out the flames. Cook the brandy on medium-high heat letting it reduce by half.

Once the brandy is reduced by half add the heavy cream and cut up apples.  Let this cook stirring together bring it to a boil then reduce the heat and let it cook for about 3 minutes to let the sauce thicken.

Serve the pork with the sauce and sides.


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Chicken, Potato, and Mustard Greens Hash

On May 10, 2011, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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Chicken, Potato and Mustard Greens Hash

Serves 4

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts. diced into small chunks
1 bunch mustard greens, coarsely chopped
6 medium white potatoes or yukon gold, diced into 1/2″ cubes
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 spring fresh thyme
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon

In a small saucepan, heat some water and add potatoes. Cook for about 8 minutes after water comes to boil. Reduce to a gentle boil. Test to desired doneness.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in saute pan and add diced chicken to pan, fresh thyme, salt and pepper then saute for 10 minutes until done.

Remove chicken from saute pan, keeping any browning from chicken (do not rinse.) Add one tablespoon of olive oil, garlic and shallot. Saute for 1 minute, do not burn on medium heat. Add mustard greens and add some salt and pepper and a little more oil if necessary. Cook until gently wilted. Add drained cooked potatoes and cooked chicken to saute pan with greens. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into pan and combine all ingredients.

Serve immediately.

Note: You can substitute other greens for Mustard Greens. Spinach, chard or kale all would work fine.

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Collard Greens

On February 9, 2010, in Recipes, by Chris Baccus
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This is an excellent, simple recipe for Southern style collard greens. I doubled this recipe and brought it to a potluck and it was very well received.

Collard Greens
Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices bacon
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1 lb fresh collard greens, cut into 2-inch pieces

Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Chop bacon into small chunks or small strips and cook until crisp. Add onion, and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook until just fragrant about 2 minutes. Add collard greens, and cook until they start to wilt.

Pour in chicken broth, and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.

 

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