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Pork Buying Guide: Compare Pork Meat CutsI was looking for small médaillons of meat that could easily be pan fried in minutes. The largest médaillons of the Niman tenderloin was no more than a couple inches across. This recipe is about as quick and easy as it gets. Well… not as quick as opening a can or pushing the timed cook feature on the microwave but as recipes go, this one easily falls into the “30 Minute Meals” category.
Russian Stroganoff is a quick BEEF recipe with mushrooms and sautéed onions.And that’s a good thing because there are occasions when time is of the essence and semi-homemade ingredients are perfect. I use what is within reach and love to improvise when it comes to cooking. Why make it difficult or fussy when those sitting at the table just want to eat and have few clues as to what goes into making dinner. Case in point just last night! “I had no clue it took that long to make short ribs!” Need I say more? This recipe is perfect for those days when the magic wand needs a new battery or the kitchen needs a full time cook.
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Tender pork tenderloin medaillons seared to a golden brown, topped with a sautéed mushroom blend and coated in a rich and velvety garlic sauce. A quick and easy recipe.
1 lb. Niman Ranch All Natural pork tenderloin ($12.47)
4 oz Mushroom medley (baby bella, shitake and oyster for a distinct flavor combo)
1 to 2 inches of Gourmet Garden® garlic stir-in paste
Wegmans® pan searing flour
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
Follow package instructions to prepare egg noodles. Bring the water to a boil then set to low as you prepare the rest of the recipe. I always salt the water and often add a drizzle of olive oil to the water to keep the noodles separated.
Prepare the mushrooms first. In a hot frying pan, add the mushrooms to sauté until the edges takes on a hint of color. Do not let the mushrooms render any liquid. Remove from the pan and set aside. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Wrap the pork tenderloin in a paper towel and pat dry.
Hold the tenderloin in a firm grip and starting at the wide end, using a very sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch thick slices. As you get to the narrow end, do not cut médaillons smaller than 1 inch in circumference.
In a shallow dish like a cake pan, sprinkle some pan searing flour and place the pieces of pork in a single layer. Sprinkle with additional flour and shake to coat evenly.
Time to cook the noodles as you finish the recipe. Eggs noodle are quick to prepare!
To the same frying pan in which you sautéed the mushrooms, add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Carefully place the pieces of pork in the pan and sauté them until golden brown, flip over and sauté until the other side is golden.
By the time the meat if done frying (do not overcook – just brown the meat), the noodles should be nearly done.
Place the contents of a tub of chicken stock in a 1 cup measuring cup. Using the small ladle, take a couple scoops of boiling pasta water and add to the measuring cup to dissolve the chicken stock.
Add the garlic paste to the hot stock. Stir to combine well.
Lower the heat under the pan and slowly pour the dissolved chicken stock to the meat/mushrooms in the pan. You want a nice creamy sauce and there is more than enough flour coating the meat to thicken almost instantly. In fact, to achieve the desired consistency, you may need to ladle another ladle (or two) full of pasta water to the frying pan.
Rock the frying pan carefully to distribute the sauce through all the pieces of meat. You want to coat the meat and mushrooms.
Drain and serve the pasta. Spoon the meat and mushrooms over the pasta and drizzle any extra sauce over the pasta.
You know you’ve hit the jackpot when everyone eats in total silence.
Full disclaimer 🙂 I skipped the measuring cup! I made space in the middle of the frying pan and added the chicken stock directly to the pan. Then I ladled the hot liquid to dissolve the stock, swirling the liquid around to distribute it evenly as it dissolved. Sometimes, you just have to “get it done”!
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