January and February are always months that bring a slow of pace, cooler weather (most of the time), and lots of time spent getting thing ready for the year to come. These months are just full of lots of cozy feelings as winter really sets in which makes me think of warm home-cooked meals that are hearty and delicious. And of course, I prefer that my weeknight meals are easy ones (especially with this baby only days away!).
Today's recipe could be one of my favorites. I've always had a deep love for pork tenderloin and mashed potatoes both separately and together. I mean, who doesn't like the creamy, buttery goodness of mashed potatoes? Mixing two of my favorite things with some delicious pears, grapes and a brown butter sage sauce - holy yummy, warm, delicious goodness. This meal is definitely a savory one with a splash of sweetness from both of the fruits. It took me probably a little over 30 minutes to make this dinner and it's great for serving about 4 people, so it makes a wonderful, easy weeknight meal.
What I love about this brown butter sage sauce is that you can use it in so many different ways and change it up to your liking. If you are just cooking mashed potatoes as a side, you can simply mix it into the potatoes and serve. If you aren't fan of sage, you can put some thyme or whatever spice your heart desires. Any way you do it, you're going to get a warm buttery, flavorful sauce that make your tastebuds sing.
PORK & PEARS WITH BROWN BUTTER SAGE SAUCE & GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
- 6 medium golden potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/4 sticks butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 medium red pears, cut into 2" wedges
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/4" pieces
- 2 handfuls of black grapes
- 6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
- In a medium pot, place cubed potatoes, garlic cloves, and salt. Fill pot with water until water is about an inch above the potatoes. Heat pot over medium-high heat and let cook until potatoes are tender when poked with a fork.
- While your potatoes are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Place your pears in the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes or until just tender. Set aside.
- Next, place your pork in the skillet and cook on each side for 1.5 minutes. Add your pears back in and continue to cook for a few minutes.
- In a small sauce pan, place 1 stick of butter and heat over medium heat. Once the butter starts foaming, add in your chopped sage. Do not stir or mix the butter, let it sit until the foam has disappeared and then take off heat. This will allow the butter to brown and get all the flavors mixed in.
- Add your grapes to the pork and pears and pour your brown butter sauce on top. Toss to be sure the butter sauce coats all the ingredients.
- Your potatoes should be done by this time. Go ahead and drain them and place them back in the pot. Add 1/4 stick of butter, milk, and pepper to the pot and mash with a potato masher until all ingredients are incorporated and potatoes are creamy. Don't be afraid to add more butter or milk if your potatoes are looking a little dry.
- To serve, scoop a couple heaping spoonfuls of mashed potatoes into a low bowl, place your pork & pear mixture on top along with one or two spoonfuls of brown butter sauce. ENJOY!