I had a very tiring day yesterday, so my wonderful husband, wanting to lessen the load a bit while I took a nap, offered to make dinner. We had some pork loin thawed in the fridge and he asked what he should do with it. I gave him one of my easy “30 minute or less” recipes, Pork Loin with Balsamic Caramelized Onions served over mashed potatoes.
It’s super-easy to make, and fairly inexpensive. Just take about 6 pork loin cutlets (3/4″ thick), season them on both sides, and saute them in a little oil until browned and cooked through, 5-10 minutes (time depends on thickness). Once the chops are done, set them aside, and add about 7 or 8 thinly sliced onions to the pan along with a tablespoon or two of butter. Let the onions saute until they’re caramelized, about 20 minutes or so – you can tell they’re ready for the last step because they’ll start getting sticky and syrupy and it will reduce down to a fraction of what you started with. Once they’re caramelized, add a tablespoon of good balsamic vinegar to finish the onions. Add the pork back in, cover, and either set to warm or take it off the heat while you make the mashed potatoes. Just serve the pork over the mashed potatoes with some onions on top.
Hubby managed to cook the pork perfectly. Pork loin is so easy to dry out if you’re not careful, but his was juicy and flavorful.