Chef Ace Champion, our January 2016 Chef of the Month was the Grand place winner in the Minnesota Flavor Pitch Recipe Competition with his dish: Marinated Pork Tenderloin seared in Avocado Oil with a Wild Mushroom and Port Wine Butter Reductions Sauce. Below is the recipe instructions and also a video for you to learn from Chef Champion himself!
Boneless Tenderloin – 2 lbs – Cleaned and trimmed or already marinated
Rosemary – 1 tablespoon – Fresh
Italian Vinaigrette – 1/2 Cup – Robust Italian Dressing/Wishbone
Fresh Garlic – 3 cloves – Minced
Avocado Oil – 1 tablespoon – Almost any oil will work but I recommend Canola Oil
Creole Seasoning – To taste/about 1 to 2 table – You can also season this roast with salt & pepper. Season as you would a normal roast.
Port Wine Sauce
Brandy – 1/4 Cup – Or any kind of dark rum
Portabella Mushrooms – 1 Cup – Sliced or Quartered
Shallot – 1 Large – Diced
Port Wine – 2 Cups – Reduced by 50%
Butter – 8 Ounces – Real Butter
Beef Stock/Broth – 2 Cups – Reduce by 50%
Heavy Whipping Cream – 1/4 Cup
Fresh Parsley – 1 tablespoon – Chopped fine
Clean and trim tenderloin.
Season tenderloin with creole seasoning, rosemary, garlic and mix well.
Let it sit for about 15 minutes so the spices can absorb into the meat.
Place the tenderloin and the Italian Vinaigrette in a zip lock bag and close tightly so that no air can escape. This will speed up the marinating process.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
In a medium size skillet, add the oil and allow to get hot on a medium to high head.
Note: Before you add the tenderloin into a hot skillet make sure all the tenderloin is semi-dry from the marinate. This will insure a good sear. Add the tenderloin and sear on all sides making sure there is a caramel like glaze covering the whole loin. Remove from heat and finish cooking in the oven at about 300 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the loin is done, (about 145 degrees). Remove from oven and allow the loin to rest. This will keep the juices inside.
Using the same pan you seared the tenderloin in, turn the stove top on a medium heat.
When hot, add the shallot and mushrooms and saute for about 1 minute. You are just looking to (sweet the veggies) which means lightly saute.
De glaze the pan with the brandy by tilting your skillet away from you and add the brandy tilt toward the flame and ignite (flambé), making sure to scrape up all that was left behind from the tenderloin.
Add the wine and reduce by about half, then add the beef stock and reduce by half.
Add your cream and cook for about 2 minutes.
Turn your stove on low and add the butter making so it is stirred consistently and is cooking very slow. This will keep the butter from breaking.
Slice the tenderloin in 1-inch medallions and arrange on the plate making sure to overlap each one in a fan like shape. Spoon the hot wine sauce over the loin and sprinkle with parsley.