Balsamic Pork with Fennel, Arugula and Parsnips

November 2008
Balsamic Pork with Fennel, Arugula and Parsnips

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Pete Bakel may have won the Rachael Ray show's second annual "Hey, Can You Cook?!" contest with his fancy Beef and Scallops Three Ways dish, but he proved he could please just as many mouths when allowed only five ingredients.

Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Bake: 30 mins

  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 bulb  fennel, cut into 8 wedges each
  • 2 1 pounds pork tenderloins
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 6 1/2 ounce bags  arugula
  1. PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 425 degrees . On a baking sheet, toss the parsnips and fennel with 3 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Rub the pork with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and place on the baking sheet. Roast, turning once, until the pork is cooked through, about 25 minutes. In a large skillet, boil the vinegar over medium-high heat until reduced by half; transfer to a bowl. In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat; add the arugula and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the pork and place over the arugula. Drizzle with the sauce and serve the roasted vegetables alongside.