Signature Series Artisan Recipe - June 2012

The foodies from the Wine Lovers Page provided this month’s Signature Series recipe. The Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce is the ideal accompaniment to this months’ Signature Series selection of highly-rated Zinfandels, Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-styled red blend.Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce 
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Pork Chops in Red Wine Sauce

Ingredients:
•  1 leek
•  1 Tbsp olive oil
•  Two butterflied boneless pork chops, about 6 ounces each
•  salt and pepper
•  1 cup beef broth, divided
•  1 cup (250 ml) red wine, divided
•  1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp water

Preparation:
Wash the leek thoroughly. Discard the dark-green portion. Cut the white portion into lengthwise quarters then cut the quarters across into fine shreds.

Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat and add leeks. Cook until they're soft and translucent; don't worry if a few bits start to brown. Push the leeks to the sides, add the pork chops, and sauté until they brown, adding salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to very low, add about half of the beef broth, cover the pan, and cook gently for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

While the pork chops are cooking, make the sauce. Put about a 1/2 cup of the red wine into a small skillet or pan and cook it over high heat until it evaporates almost completely, a process that should take only a few minutes. When it has thickened into a small amount of syrupy liquid, add about half of the remaining beef broth and cook it down again until it thickens. Pour the mixture into the cooking pork chops, and repeat the process a second time, using the rest of the wine and broth. This highly concentrated wine-and-broth reduction will add a remarkable color and flavor to your dish.

When the pork chops are done, remove the cover from the pan and thicken the remaining liquid with the cornstarch mixture, adding a little warm water if necessary to create a texture that suits you.  Serves 2.

Pair this recipe with this month's Signature Series wines:
•  Kokomo Winery 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
•  Cadre Vineyards 2007 “The Architects” Pinot Noir
•  Teresina Family Vintners 2008 MacLeod Family Vineyard Zinfandel
•  Volker Eisele Family Estate “Terzetto” 2007 Napa Valley Red wine

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