Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sicilian pork loin cooked with golden apples


Have you ever tried the famous "maialino nero dei Nebrodi"? It is a breed of black pork that comes from the Sicilian mountain chain of Nebrodi.

It is a delicate and tender kind of pork meat that we usually prepare for festivities or special occasions and can be cooked in different ways. The recipe that I want to suggest today is one of my all times favourite and is with golden apples. The combination is just sublime and you will eventually wonder why you didn't discover this dish a long time ago. 

Ingredients & Preparation for 4 people:

Pork loin (500 gr)
3-4 golden apples
half of a medium white onion
a glass of white wine 
salt & pepper
100 ml olive oil
a mix of dried herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary)
2 glasses of water

1. Start off by peeling the onion and the apples and cutting them in slices.
2. In a pan with high rims or a specific pot for meat (like the one in the pic above) pour a drizzle of oil and sautè on a medium heat the pork on all sides until is golden brown adding salt and pepper. Once is done place it on a dish.
3. In the same pan and same sauce (the mix of olive oil and juice coming out of the meat) cook the onion and the apples slices on a lower heat. Add some salt, the pinch of herbs mix and the glass of wine.

4. After the first 5 minutes add the water and continue stirring from time to time.

5.  Re-place the pork in the pot together with the apples and let it cook with the lid on a very low heat for around 20-25 minutes. After 10 minutes the loin must be turn on the other side.
6. Put the meat aside, cut it in thin slices of about 2 cm each and place them on a serving dish.

7. If the mix left in the pot is too watery just reduce it on a higher heat for few minutes, then place it on the pork slices. The mix of onions and apples can also be blended with a hand mixer or blender, the result will be a more homogenous sauce, but I personally prefer taste the pieces of apples together with the pork. Up to you!
8. Serve the dish while still hot with some bread like ciabatta roll. You will polish every single bit of it. Enjoy!

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