This 30-Minute Easy Pork Piccata makes a quick weeknight dinner, but it’s also elegant enough for a dinner party at home. The lemon, garlic, butter sauce will have you licking your plate!
For years now, my Chicken Piccata has been my go-to recipe. Both kids and adults love it. You can serve it with pasta, rice or even mashed potatoes. Or, if you’re trying to go low-carb, just serve it alongside some roasted broccoli.
I’m skeptical that I’ll ever get tired of that recipe but, just in case, I’m mixing things up a bit today! This recipe for pork piccata uses a Smithfield® Marinated Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Pork Tenderloin, which you can easily find at your local Safeway. The prep is easy, just slice the tenderloin into eight pieces and flatten them to about ¼ inch thickness by placing them between two sheets of plastic wrap and using a meat mallet.
Once the cutlets are prepared, dredge each of them in flour, making sure to shake off the excess. Because they’re so thin, they cook extra quickly, meaning this pork piccata will come together in 30 minutes or less – Perfect for any night of the week! Get real flavor, real fast!
But, where this dish really nails it is the sauce. That sauce! It’s tangy, buttery, and briny and I pretty much lick the skillet clean every time I make it.
One word of caution – Be sure not to overcook your garlic or it can become bitter. It helps to make sure that the heat is on medium before adding the garlic to the pan. Don’t let the slices cook for any longer than the 30 seconds called for then immediately add in that white wine, chicken stock and lemon juice and watch it sizzle away and reduce until that magical consistency is reached.
Plus, can we talk about the capers? I had to hold myself back on this recipe. I’m a bit obsessed with them. I may just add in the whole jar into this pork piccata if it were up to me. Suffice it to say, this sauce is a bit heavy on those briny little guys. If you’re not into them, feel free to cut back on them a bit, or, be my hero – Throw caution to the wind and just go for it!
30 Minute Easy Pork Piccata
- 1.15 lb . Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Pepper Pork Tenderloin
- ½ Cup all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp . olive oil
- 3 Tbsp . unsalted butter
- 2 Cloves garlic thinly sliced
- ¼ Cup dry vermouth or white wine
- 3 Tbsp . fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp . capers drained
- 2 Tbsp . minced flat leaf parsley
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
Slice pork into eight 2-inch thick slices. Place each slice between two pieces of plastic wrap and use the flat side of a meat tenderizer to flatten to ¼-inch thickness. (Season with salt and pepper)
Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the pork in it. Shake off the excess.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil.
Place 4 pieces of pork in the pan and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm under a tent of foil. Warm the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in the pan and repeat to brown the remaining pork. Place that pork under your foil tent as well.
Reduce the heat to medium and melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter in the pan. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the vermouth, lemon juice and broth, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, the capers and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Drizzle the sauce over pork and serve immediately.
Wine Pairings for Easy Pork Piccata:
- Sauvignon Blanc has bright citrus and herbal notes that pair nicely with the lemon and parsley found in this dish.
- Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc are a nice match with their crisp minerality and citrus notes.
- For something unexpected, and budget friendly, try a Vinho Verde.
Looking for more quick and easy dinner recipes? Try these:
- 20-Minute Tortellini Skillet Lasagna
- One Pot Harissa Chicken with Chickpeas & Yogurt
- 30-Minute Thai Beef with Chiles and Basil
For more delicious Smithfield Fresh Pork recipes visit http://www.smithfield.com/meal-ideas/real-flavor-real-fast/.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.