Thursday, February 25, 2010

Garden Herb Pork Loin Slices over Baby Spinach & Arugula w/ Cinnamon Roasted Pears, Candied Walnuts, and a Roasted Pear & White Wine Vinaigrette

Let's be honest, you will not have leftovers from this one...

(Copyright © 2009 Someday Gourmet)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Level I
Yield: 3-4 Servings


At least 1.5 hours before you plan to eat, begin to make the Someday Gourmet's Roasted Pear & White Wine Vinaigrette.  To save time, clean and cut all of the pears at the same time however do not cook 2 when making the sauce.

40 minutes before you plan to eat, preheat the oven to 375F.  Cover half of a baking rack with foil and spray the entire rack with Pam and place it inside of a foil lined baking sheet.  Add butter to a small mixing bowl and microwave for 10 seconds or until melted then mix in the cinnamon.  Place the pears on the foil covered half of the rack and drizzle half of the butter mixture over them to thoroughly coat.  Stir the brown sugar into to the remaining butter mixture and set aside. Next remove the pork from the packaging, trim the fat, and place on the exposed half of the rack and place into the middle of the oven.  Add the walnuts to a small frying pan and cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally for 3-5 minutes.  Remove and add to the butter mixture and coat thoroughly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the pork is cooked to your desired doneness.

Remove the pork from oven and let it rest on a cutting board tightly covered with foil for 5 minutes.  Turn the oven off and let the pears warm in the oven.  Meanwhile, prepare the spinach and arugula mix on the serving dish/platter and sprinkle with sea salt.  Cut the pork into slices along a 45 degree diagonal and place on the salad mix. Gently add the pear slices and top with the walnuts.

Serve immediately with the vinaigrette on the side with a toasty piece of bread.

Chef's Notes
  • To make life easier, I strongly suggest making the sauce in advance to refrigerate overnight.  It also allows the flavors to mellow and mix together better.
  • Feel free to use any kind of pork loin, the garden herbs are quite delicious with the pear flavor.
  • Break these candied walnuts out for any occasion.  They are quick and easy yet jazz up any salad and will really impress your friends!

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