This dish is a match made in heaven and perfect for wooing the one you love on Valentine’s Day. Juicy, savoury, balsamic strawberry sauce is coupled with tender pork loin and rosemary in a flavour blend, which will set your taste buds and (hopefully) hearts on fire.
Makes: 4 servings || Takes: 1 Hour
1 lb pork tenderloin
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1-2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
3 garlic cloves
SAVOURY STRAWBERRY COMPOTE:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot – finely chopped ( 2 tablespoons)
2 cups strawberries- small diced
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tablespoons sugar
generous pinch salt and pepper
squeeze lemon juice- 1 teaspoon
1 cup diced strawberries, balsamic reduction or glaze, fresh rosemary sprigs
Blend marinade ingredients together in a blender. Place loin and marinade in a large ziplock bag, or in a shallow baking dish, coating all sides. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
In a small pot, heat oil over medium low heat, then add shallot. Stir and sauté until golden about 2-3 minutes. Add strawberries, wine, sugar, salt, pepper. Bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer on med-low heat until wine has reduced and strawberries have thickened, about 10 minutes. It should look like a loose jam. Add a squeeze of lemon. Set aside.
Pre-heat grill on high heat.
Remove loin from marinade and pour extra marinade into a small pot. Boil for one minute, or until it has darkened — you will use this cooked marinade to baste the loin whilst on the grill.
Once the grill is hot, scrape it clean. Turn to medium-high and place pork loin directly on the grill, and cook for 12 minutes total, tuning and basting every 3 minutes. Cover in-between turns. Check temperature. Continue cooking on grill , lowering heat if necessary – or finish it in the oven- just until loin reaches 140 F at thickest point. Let rest 5-10 minutes.
When ready to serve, slice loin into ¾ inch slices, then plate, topping with compote ( or place pork over the compote).
Garnish with fresh diced strawberry, rosemary sprigs and balsamic reduction.