Monday, 27 August 2012

Piggy Pizzaz!

Base di Pizza con Cotolettina di Maiale, Ajvar, Pesca e Semi di Finocchio
Pizza Base, Pork Tenderloin, Ajvar, Peach & Fennel Seed

Supper this evening was a simple snack- as you can see ;-) But it was a simply delicious one at that! I came up with this idea in an attempt to just do something DIFFERENT with pork tenderloin- something that would be fun and very informal to eat- and something that would be juicy and full of flavor as opposed to dry and bland tasting as is often the case...

I am pretty sure you can tell from the images that these little beauties were bursting with flavor- spicy, tangy, savory and plain sexy I'd say! This is make your mouth water and lick your fingers stuff here! So turn on that oven and let's get started!

First off, I popped the thin slices of tenderloin into a hot non-stick pan, with no fat (of course) for just 1-2 minutes from either side, until they began to brown nicely. I sprinkled them with a little salt and pepper and set them to one side to cool off a little.

Whilst the meat cooled, I cut the pizza dough roughly to size and formed it into ovals, then set the pork into the center and spread it generously with Ajvar. I also spread a little onto the pizza dough to give it a nice color and and tasty glaze later.

I set the peach slices on top and seasoned with sea salt, coarsely-ground black pepper and a nice sprinkle of fennel seeds... delicious! Into the hot oven it went at the highest setting for 10-15 minutes- with, you guessed it- a light drizzle of honey right at the end!

The pork as SO juicy, benefitting from the short cooking time in the pan and the thick spread of Ajvar in the oven- and the sweet, savory and spicy combination makes this into a really wonderful and satisfying snack!

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