Pork with Sour Cherry Sauce and Grilled Pound Cake & Strawberry Kabobs
Courtesy of Maggie Norris, Owner/Chef Instructor, Whisked Away
Pork with Sour Cherry Sauce Yields: 8 servings
2 teaspoons fennel seeds 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins 1/2 pound shallots (about 7), peeled and halved lengthwise 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups dry red wine 1 cup dried sour cherries (5 ounces) 1/2 cup sugar 2 (5-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
Very finely grind fennel seeds, salt, and peppercorns in a spice grinder (coffee bean grinder), then rub all over pork. Season with a bit more kosher salt.
Toss shallots with oil and place in a foil packet. Grill until tender.
Grill pork tenderloins, flipping once until thermometer inserted into thickest end of pork registers 128°F. Tent with foil and let rest.
While pork is grilling, add wine, cherries, sugar, and rosemary into a saucepan. Boil until liquid is reduced to about 2 cups, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard rosemary sprigs (do not discard any leaves that have fallen off stems). Transfer mixture to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Cut pork diagonally into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place on a serving platter. Top with sauce and serve.
Grilled Pound Cake and Strawberry Kabobs Yields: 4 servings
24 medium strawberries, hulled 2 tablespoons sugar ¼ cup orange liqueur 1 tablespoon orange zest Four 1” thick slices of pound cake 1/2 cup whipping cream Powdered sugar, to taste
Preheat grill to about 350?F (or low heat if your grill doesn’t have a temperature gauge).
Place strawberries, sugar, orange liqueur and orange zest to a bowl. Let stand for 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine whipping cream and powdered sugar. I usually start with about 1 teaspoon and add more if I want it a bit sweeter. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to plate the skewers.
Cut pound cake slices into 1”-pieces. You should get about six pieces out of each slice.
Thread a piece of pound cake onto a bamboo skewer. Add a strawberry lengthwise. Continue using a total of 3 pieces of cake and 3 strawberries.
Place on grill. Turn until all sides have nice grill marks, about 1 minute per side.
Place two skewers on each plate and top with whipped cream.