Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Lightened-up" Pork Marsala and Au Gratin Potatoes

This meal features thinly sliced pork loin and sauteed with mushrooms and a Marsala wine reduction sauce.  I served it with Au Gratin potatoes and green beans to balance the meal.  This meal is elegant and so delicious, perfect for entertaining a new date, or any of your loved ones!  Traditionally Chicken Marsala is the choice of meat used in this dish, but pork was on sale and I thought I would try something different!

"Gratin" is a traditional French cuisine technique that combines and melts butter, cheese, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Often potatoes are used for a delicious casserole, also known as scalloped potatoes.  Unfortunately the butter and cheese makes this dish incredibly rich and full of calories and fat.  I lightened it up and it tastes just as delicious, with a little less guilt.  Bake this in the oven for a crunchy breadcrumb topped side.

Pork Marsala
Serves 4


2 Tbsp Smart Balance
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 tsp minced garlic

1 1/4 pounds pork loin, sliced thin
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp oregano
1 cup mushrooms, sliced thin
1/3 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp flour

Directions: Pound the pork out thin and coat with flour and oregano.  Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and melt the Smart Balance.  Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the shallots and mushrooms and cook for 8 minutes or until golden.  Set aside.  Cook the pork in the same pan until the center is pink.  Add the mushrooms, shallots, wine, flour, and water and cook until the sauce is reduced by half.  Serve pork on plate and top with sauce and mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts: 1 piece, about 4 ounces with sauce
210 calories, 30 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat

Potatoes Au Gratin
Serves 10

2 cups of skim milk
1/4 cup diced onion
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp Smart Balance
2 Tbsp sliced shallot
2 Tbsp flour
4 cups of potatoes, sliced thin
1/2 cup Cabot Sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
Pepper to taste
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Directions: Combine the first three ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and cover and rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.  Meanwhile, boil potatoes in a large saucepan over high heat for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain water and set aside.

Melt Smart Balance in a saucepan over medium heat and add shallots.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in flour and milk mixture.  Stir until blended.  Stir in cheese and pepper.  Place potatoes in a baking dish and pour mixture over the potatoes.  Sprinkle breadcumbs over the top and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts: 1/2 cup Potatoes Au Gratin
110 Calories, 4 g protein, 20 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 1 g fiber

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