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What accompanies pork tenderloin w/ prune sauce?

jmasek Mar 7, 2007 05:16 AM

Hi... maybe I'm having a creativity deficit right at the moment. I'd like to serve pork tenderloin with prunes stewed in red wine, but I can't think of a good side dish (something more interesting than potatoes anyway). I was thinking about pan seared polenta slices, but I'm not sure how to dress the polenta. It has to go with the sweetness of the prunes... any ideas folks?

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    harryharry RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 05:35 AM

    Maybe bake the polenta with a little bit of gorgonzola dolce?

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      pamd RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 05:43 AM

      I know you said no potatoes, but I was thinking more along the sweet potato/yam lines, and not sure if you were thinking more of white type. Also some type of carrots would go well.

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        Katie Nell RE: pamd Mar 7, 2007 05:54 AM

        Carrots are what I was thinking too... you absolutely have to make Marcella's braised carrots- they are revelatory! http://www.seasonalchef.com/roots.htm... Maybe that and a green salad.

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        WineWidow RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 05:50 AM


        1. kittychow RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 06:34 AM

          I like something a little tart with the sweet. A light lemon risotto, Israeli couscous, braised greens...

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            jmasek RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 06:40 AM

            Thanks for all of the suggestions - the carrot recipe looks really good - lots of concentrated carroty flavor. Couscous could be an interesting direction also.

            1. Carb Lover RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 08:11 AM

              Other ideas:

              Spaetzle or gnocchi sauteed in some butter or duck fat

              Celery root puree

              Roasted veggies...fennel, sunchokes, carrots, etc.

              1. hotoynoodle RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 08:37 AM

                spaetzle or twisty egg noodles.

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                  jules127 RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 08:40 AM

                  I love wild rice with wild mushrooms.

                  1. QueenB RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 01:06 PM

                    Couscous with slivered almonds

                    If you serve polenta cakes, you can leave them plain and drizzle the prune sauce over them, or sprinkle them with a small amount of fresh rosemary.

                    1. Jenblossom RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 01:17 PM

                      The last time I made pork with prunes was Valentine's Day 2006, and I served it with green beans and celeriac puree:


                      1. 2m8ohed RE: jmasek Mar 7, 2007 04:14 PM

                        I always serve it with a wild/brown rice combo, which can include diced carrots or red peppers if it's all looking too brown.

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