Seared Pork with Polenta, Braised Red Cabbage & Pears

Seared Pork with Polenta, Braised Red Cabbage & Pears
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  • 2Servings


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 small red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked Gouda
  • 3/4 pound pork tenderloin, cut crosswise into 6 slices, each pounded 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 firm but ripe Bartlett pear, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


In a medium pot, melt 2 tbsp. butter over medium. Add the cabbage and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup stock, the vinegar and allspice; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the cabbage is tender and the sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the sugar.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups stock to a boil. Whisk in the cornmeal and simmer over medium-low until thick, 5 minutes. Whisk in the cheese and 2 tbsp. butter; season.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tbsp. butter over medium. Pat the pork dry, season and cook until golden, 2 minutes per side; transfer to a plate.

In the same skillet, melt the remaining 1 tbsp. butter over medium-high. Cook the pears, stirring occasionally, until browned, 2 minutes.

Divide the polenta and cabbage between plates. Top with the pork and pears.