The Perfect Home-Cooked Meal with Pork Scallopine
When you are scrambling to make dinner, pork is an easy solution. This recipe is fast, filling and original. Aside from all, it is comforting and will make you feel warm and full.
Pork scallopine is great for when you are short of time, or looking to cook something leaner. Because of the thin cut, scallopine cooks faster and has great flavor, with just the perfect amount of fat.
Nothing better to with pork scallopine than potatoes, and for a more comforting, home-cooked meal, I suggest making mashed potatoes.
What else can accompany your meal? Spinach. Full of nutrients, such as potassium and iron, spinach can be eaten raw or cooked and is equally delicious. This time, I decided to sauté them and add some toasted pine nuts, which add a great crunch end to it, more so when mixed with parmesan cheese.
I decided to cook my pork scallopine on a grilling skillet for a smokier taste. I love the taste of caramelized onions and mushroom, and they can be cooked in the same skillet after the pork, giving them a grilled taste that isn’t possible otherwise.
For my mashed potatoes, I picked small yellow potatoes, as they are easier to cook, but also I find them tastier. To make them taste better, I used unsalted butter and nutmeg–an old secret that I find necessary every time I cook mashed potatoes.
Ready? Let’s dig in with this fast and savory home-cooked meal!
Pork Scallopine with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms, Saute Spinach and Mashed Potatoes
Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 45 minutes / Servings: 4
Ingredients for Pork Scallopine with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
- 1 and ½ lbs of pork tenderloins
- 2 small yellow onions
- 8 oz sliced mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients for Sauté Spinach
- 10 oz baby spinach pre-washed
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- Salt to taste
Ingredients for Mashed Potatoes
- 1lb baby gold potatoes
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Dash of nutmeg
- Salt to taste
- 1 grilling skillet
- 1 cutting board
- 1 pot
- 1 pan
- 1 plate
Step 1: On a plate, place your pork scallopine and season with salt and pepper. Turn on your stove and put coconut oil on your grilling skillet. Once seasoned, put the pork scallopine on the skillet for about 4 minutes on each side.
Step 2: In the meantime, place your washed onion and mushroom in a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut your onion into half moons and your mushrooms in halves as well.
Step 3: Once your pork is ready, pass onto a plate and put your vegetables on the skillet. You will cook them with the leftover oil and grease. Add the sugar–especially on top of the onions– and cook until brown, it usually takes around 3-5 minutes.
Step 4: While you cook your vegetables, you can begin peeling your potatoes as shown here. Once peeled, cut them into small triangles, put them on the pot and fill it with water just enough so that they are covered. Cook them on high heat until they are soft, around 20 minutes.
Step 5: When your vegetables are done, place the pork and veggies on the skillet again and keep both in very low heat while you finish the sides.
Step 6: The fastest step is cooking the spinach. Put some oil on a pan and when it is warm, add the garlic and wait until they both get very warm. Add your spinach and let it cook for about 5 minutes, it will significantly shrink so try to add more if you see the need.
Step 7: Separately, while the spinach cooks, place your pine nuts on a pan and shake them around so that they brown evenly. Make sure you keep an eye on these as they can burn easily. The whole thing will take around 3 minutes.
Step 8: Add the pine nuts to the spinach and turn the stove off. Place the parmesan cheese on top and transfer to serving plate.
Step 9: By now, your potatoes should be soft. It is time to drain them and start mashing them up, use a potato masher, or a fork, like this. Add butter and nutmeg. Check if it needs more salt, and if so, add it to taste.
Step 10: Now you are all set. Turn off your stove, remove the pork scallopine with vegetables and serve with the spinach and mashed potatoes.
Tip: prepare your mashed potatoes early so that they don’t take up as much time.
Ready for a warm and savory home-cooked meal?
Cooking this recipe is one of the easiest, fastest and most comforting meals I have had. I particularly enjoy the sweetness of the caramelized onions with the pork and the creamy mashed potatoes, which are soft and flavorful without any added cream.
The spinach is just perfect for a side and it cooks really fast, the roasted pine nuts will be a favorite, but you can always use some almond halves or walnut halves, instead. Use the same method to roast them.
You have your full meal now, let me know what you think of this recipe and if you have any comments or changes! I’d love to hear about your own ideas and experiences.