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Balsamic Fig Glazed Pork w/Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Creamy Gorgonzola Polenta.

If you are not sure how you feel about figs, just give them a try in this dish. I think you will be surprised. My picky family loved them
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 560kcal

Ingredients

Polenta

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 ounces gorgonzola cheese crumbled (may sub parmesan)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To make the polenta. Pour the water and milk into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and slowly whisk in the polenta. Cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta is soft and thick, about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep warm and then just before serving, stir in the gorgonzola cheese and butter, season with salt and pepper. If the polenta seems a little thick you can add a tablespoon more of butter or milk.
  • While the polenta is cooking make the pork. In a glass measuring cup mix together the balsamic vinegar, honey and water. Finely chop 2-3 whole figs, they should form a paste once finely chopped. Add the chopped figs and 1 clove minced garlic to the balsamic mixture. Slice the remaining figs in half.
  • Heat a very large skillet over high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. When the skillet is hot, but not smoking (if it starts to smoke, turn heat down a bit and wait 5 minutes before adding the pork) add the pork in a single layer (you may need to do this in 2 batches if your skillet is smaller) and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes, so it can get a nice caramelization on it. Then toss it around and cook another 2-3 minutes, or until the pork is browned and just getting crispy on the edges. Once the pork is cooked, pour in all but 1/4 cup of the the balsamic fig mixture. Allow the sauce to simmer until it coats the pork, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the basil and oregano. Remove the pork from the skillet to a plate.
  • Place the skillet back on the burner over high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Once the skillet is hot again, add the figs cut side down and sear 1 minute. Pour the remaining balsamic fig sauce over the figs and simmer 2 minutes (don't flip the figs, just leave them cut side down). Slide the figs to one side and add the pork back to the skillet. Keep warm.
  • Grab a heavy cast iron skillet and place it over high heat. Coat the bottom of the skillet with olive oil. Add 2 cloves minced garlic and cook 15 seconds. Add the cherry tomatoes and toss them with garlic, season with salt and pepper. Cook the tomatoes without stirring for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes toss the tomatoes and cook another minute more or until the tomatoes are blistered. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons basil and 1 tablespoon parsley.
  • To serve, divide the polenta among plate or bowls. Toss with balsamic pork and a few figs. Add the blistered cherry tomatoes. Garnish with fresh herbs, gorgonzola cheese and toasted pine nuts. Eat!

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 560kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1000IU | Vitamin C: 20.7mg | Calcium: 226mg | Iron: 2.6mg