Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pork Tango

This is a favorite recipe. The brandy loses its alcohol during heating but rounds out the lovely fruit sauce. Leave it out if you prefer. You can substitute half a cup of crushed pineapple for the apricots, but remember to reduce the water to half a cup. Recipe serves 4.


1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup dried apricots
1 tablespoon dried currants
1 pound (500 g) pork scotch fillet, trimmed of fat
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or minced (optional)
2 tablespoons mango chutney
1 tablespoon brandy
1/4 cup canned evaporated skim milk


1. Pour boiling water over apricots and currants in a bowl, and stand for half an hour.
2. Roll pork first in egg and then in a mixture of sesame seeds, breadcrumbs and garlic until well coated.
3. Place in roasting pan and bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 45 minutes.
4. While meat is cooking, heat apricots in a saucepan with the currants and the water in which they were soaked.
5. Simmer gently until water is almost absorbed.
6. Add chutney and brandy and stir until the sauce returns to the simmer.
7. Pour evaporated skim milk in a heat-resistant bowl and gradually stir in the hot apricot mixture (this method will prevent the milk curdling).
8. Return to saucepan and reheat without boiling.
9. To test if the meat is cooked, pierce with a skewer. Juice should be clear.
10. Cut meat into eight slices, arrange two slices on each serving plate and spoon sauce over, distributing apricot halves equally.

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