Recipe from Bites: Pork Varkenshaas

by Jessie on April 26, 2012

Emilie has passed on a lot of great recipes to me but this has got to be one of my favorites.  I grew up eating a lot of tough, dry pork so I do pork almost exclusively in the crockpot to ensure it is tender.  But this is a non-crockpot recipe and it is incredibly moist.  I love getting my tenderloins from Costco.  Each of the two packs come with 2 tenderloins, so use one for this recipe and throw the other in the freezer for later!


2 pork tenderloins (1 1/2 pounds total), trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon minced shallot
1/4 cup dry white wine
2/3 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
Garnish: 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Pat pork dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. In a large skillet heat oil and 4 tablespoons butter over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and brown pork on all sides. Reduce heat to moderate and cook pork, covered, turning occasionally, 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a shallow baking dish and roast in oven until a meat thermometer registers 155° F. for barely pink meat, 10 to 15 minutes.

While pork is roasting, add remaining tablespoon butter and shallot to skillet and cook over moderate heat until softened. Add wine, broth, and mustard and simmer, scraping up brown bits, until reduced by about half. Add cream and basil and simmer until thickened. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Cut pork into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Pour sauce over pork and garnish with chives.

Jessie is the mother of three sweet kids and the author of Bites, a recipe blog that will make your mouth water.  Make sure to follow Bites on Facebook so you don’t miss a single recipe.

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