Honey, Mustard and Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Split Peas with Honey-Sweetened Eggplant

Honey, Mustard and Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

This was an amazing food and wine adventure.  The eggplant tasted very similar to a bruschetta so I decided to make Cheddar Mashed Potatoes to go with this meal.  The sweetness of the Pork along with the savory eggplant made pairing a Gamay Noir the perfect choice.

 

  • 1 Ontario Pork Tenderloin (about 1 lb/454 g)
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 Ontario Carrots, sliced
  • 1 Ontario Leek (white and light green parts only), halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) Honey
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) grainy mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cornstarch
  • Fresh Ontario Rosemary Sprigs (optional)

Cut pork tenderloin into 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick slices. In large nonstick skillet, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat; brown pork slices on both sides. Transfer to plate; set aside.

In same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook carrots, leek, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper until leeks are softened, about 5 minutes. Add maple syrup, broth, mustard and vinegar; bring to boil. Add pork; reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until juices run clear when pork is pierced and carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

In small bowl, stir cornstarch with 1 tsp (5 mL) cold water until smooth. Stir into skillet and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.

Garnish with fresh rosemary, if using. Serve with creamy Mashed Potatoes

For split pea purée

  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Greek)
  • 1 lb yellow split peas (2 1/4 cups), picked over, rinsed well, and drained
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

For eggplant compote

  • 1/2 lb eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Greek) plus additional for drizzling
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon mild honey
  • 1 tablespoon drained bottled small capers (in brine), rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil or chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons balsamic or Greek raisin vinegar

Make purée:

Cook onion in 1/3 cup oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add split peas and stir until well coated, then stir in water and bay leaf. Increase heat to moderately high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and slowly simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until mixture is soupy, about 1 hour. Stir in salt and continue to cook, stirring more frequently as purée thickens, until water is absorbed and mixture is the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes, 30 minutes to 1 hour more. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and remaining 1/3 cup oil, then cool to room temperature, pot covered with a kitchen towel. (Purée will thicken as it cools.) Discard bay leaf.

Make eggplant compote while split peas simmer:

Toss eggplant with 3/4 teaspoon salt in a colander set over a bowl. Place a plate or bowl directly on top of eggplant to weight it down and let drain 1 hour. Rinse eggplant (discarding liquid) and pat dry.

Cut a shallow X in bottom of each tomato with a paring knife and blanch tomatoes in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan of boiling water 10 seconds. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and, when cool enough to handle, peel, beginning from scored end, with knife. Halve tomatoes crosswise and seed, then cut into 1-inch pieces.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add eggplant and sauté, stirring occasionally, until just golden, transferring to a plate. Reduce heat to low, then add remaining 3 tablespoons oil and onions to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in honey until incorporated. Add eggplant, tomatoes, capers, basil, pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, then gently simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar (to taste) and remove from heat. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature, uncovered.

Serve purée topped with eggplant and drizzled with olive oil.