I had such a lovely weekend with my parents and, after two consecutive dinners out, we decided to cook something at home on Saturday. Deciding what to cook was mainly limited to something that could be rustled up with ingredients on hand, and something that wasn’t too filling, so I decided to look in Gino D’Acampo’s book called The Italian Diet. I love the recipes in this book which are designed to be lower in calories but still full of flavour – there’s quite a lot of stuff out there proclaiming to do the same thing, but all Gino’s recipes have definitely delivered on both fronts. We went for Pork Steaks with Mushrooms and Rosemary which sounds far fancier in Italian – Bistecche di Maiale con Funghi e Rosmarino. Whilst pork can be a little dull sometimes, I thought the addition of the rosemary, orange juice and chilli would pep things up a little – and it did. We served this with crushed new potatoes, and some peas and lettuce (Mum’s recipe with butter and vermouth – yum!) and whilst the first mouthful felt a little disappointing, I think we all thought it was one of those dishes that was better the more you ate! So instead of the usual PR rating (he was out celebrating the birth of his nephew!), we have two special guest ratings – Mummy Bury and Daddy Bury!
MB rating 8/10. DB rating 8/10. KB rating 7/10
Pork Steaks with Mushrooms and Rosemary (Serves 4)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 lean pork steaks (approx 120g each)
- 250g button mushrooms, quartered
- 2 tbsp chopped rosemary leaves
- 0.5 tsp dried chilli flakes
- Juice of 1 large orange
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the pork for 2 minutes on each side until browned (I actually cooked my steaks for less as they were quite thin, and even then I’d say the pork was overcooked – so do less than you think!). Remove from the pan and set aside.
Add the mushrooms and rosemary to the frying pan and fry for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle over the chilli and pour over the orange juice and vinegar. Bring to the boil. At this point return the pork steaks to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes to allow the meat to finish cooking, and the sauce to thicken. Turn the pork halfway though. Season with salt and serve immediately.