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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pork Scaloppini with Blueberry-Red Wine Reduction

Sweet, fresh blueberries are just the thing to take a mellow red wine reduction to an even tastier level. The sauce cooks down lusciously dark and rich, and a bit of butter swirled in at the end provides a silky finish.

Scaloppini is one of the quickest and easiest ways to cook pork. Start with relatively thin, boneless, center-cut chops (about 1/3-inch thick) and pound to about 1/8-inch thick. Give them a little dusting in flour and sear in a hot, heavy skillet for just a few minutes. Plate, drizzle with sauce, serve. Done.

For another scaloppini idea, check out Chicken Scaloppini with Broccoli Rabe Skillet.

Serves 4

  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 4-oz boneless pork chops, pounded to 1/8-inch thick
  • flour, for dredging
Wine, Berries, and Onion
Thinly Pounded Pork Chop 
Ready to Flour
  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion and sauté 2 minutes.
  2. Add the blueberries and cook, gently mashing, 2 minutes. (Use the back of a spoon or a potato masher to mash the berries.)
  3. Add the wine and vinegar and bring to a simmer, continuing to mash the berries. Simmer until the sauce reduces by half, about 10 minutes. (Note: It’s ok if there are still small pieces of blueberries in the sauce.)
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper.
Onion in Oil 
Blueberries Beginning to Cook 
Wine and Vinegar Added 
You can use a potato masher to mash the blueberries
Sauce Beginning to Reduce
Blueberry-Red Wine Reduction
  1. Meanwhile, heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat and add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Dredge the chops in flour and season with salt and pepper. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown and just cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side.
Chops Beginning to Cook 
Cooked Pork Chops
Plate the chops and drizzle with sauce. Pass remaining sauce at the table.

Pork Scaloppini with Blueberry-Red Wine Reduction

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