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Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce has to be one of the most impressive but straightforward meals for 2 you can make. Here’s what we did –

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce- Ingredients

1 pork tenderloin, trimmmed

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

1tbsp chopped fresh sage

2tbsp sunflower oil

180g finely sliced mushrooms – we use chestnut mushrooms for more flavour

180ml apple juice

2tbsp mascarpone – or double cream or full fat creme fraiche

Salt and pepper

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Use chestnut mushrooms for lots of flavour

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce – Equipment

Door off

Mississippi – 2-3

We used our Alfa 4 Pizze Oven but any woodfired oven will be fine!

Griddle pan or Tuscan Grill

Pan for the sauce – we used our Lodge frying pan

Probe thermometer

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce – Method

  1. Heat the griddle pan on a bed of embers; you can also use a Tuscan Grill by placing it over the embers. Heat the frying pan in the oven.

    Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

    Using a Tuscan Grill instead of a griddle pan

  2. Mix the onion with 1tbsp of the oil and add to the pan with the chopped fresh sage. Cook gently until the onions are softening.
  3. Rub the tenderloin with the rest of the oil and season well with salt and pepper. Add it to the griddle pan and cook until well browned on each side and the internal temperature is 63-65C.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the onion pan and again cook gently until they are well wilted. They will release quite a lot of moisture which you want to cook off until the mushrooms are decreased in size, quite dry but full of flavour.
  5. When the pork is up to temperature, take it out of the pan and leave it to rest covered with a piece of foil.
  6. Deglaze the pork pan with the apple juice by pouring it in and stirring well with a wooden spoon. Add this liquid to the mushroom pan with the mascarpone and put the pan back in the oven. Stir to distribute the mascarpone and bring the liquid to the boil. Reduce by simmering it until it’s nice and thick.
  7. Slice the pork tenderloin and serve with the mushroom sauce poured over the top.

Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce – Alternatives

  1. Use chicken stock instead of the apple juice.
  2. Add a tablespoon of brandy to the apple juice – cider brandy would be perfect.
  3. Use dry cider or dry white wine instead of the apple juice.
  4. Stir in 1tbsp grain mustard to the sauce for a bit of a kick.
  5. Instead of pork, use a couple of lamb neck fillets – equally delicious and tender.
Woodfired Pork with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Perfect supper for 2

We hope that gives you an idea for a lovely late summer/early autumn supper – do let us know how you get on.

We’ll see you next week for some smoking!

David and Holly

Woodfired Pork with a creamy mushroom sauce

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