Plums had been showing up at my local farmers markets and their aubergine beauty drew me to them.
I dabbled in a plum upside down cake yet still had a handful leftover. They were beginning to look a little sad and shriveled so "what to do with them?", I thought. It's fall and I begin to think about roasts and turkey married with delicious fruits. "Ah, a sauce!".
Here's a recipe for a sauce using plums and savory herbs. The flavors compliment meats such as pork, chicken, turkey and veal.
What you'll need:
For the sauce.
8 prune plums or 2 black plums halved, pitted and sliced
3 Tbsp. raspberry jam
1 Tbsp. butter
1 shallot diced fine
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary chopped fine (or 2 tsp. dry)
1 Tbsp. fresh sage chopped fine (or 1 tsp. dry)
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3/4 cup chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and plums. Simmer in covered pan for 10 minutes, until plums are completely softened. Add jam and balsamic vinegar. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add butter, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate.
This sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead, or frozen and gently reheated when ready to use.
For the pork.
Turn on broiler and place rack 6-8 inches below broiler.
Pat 1 to 1 1/2 inch thick boneless pork chops dry. Salt and pepper each side. Place pork chops in a pan lined with heavy duty aluminum foil.
Place pan on rack under broiler and broil on each side for 5 minutes. Turn off broiler and set oven to 425 degrees. Allow pork chops to continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145-150 degrees. Allow pork chops to rest for 8-10 minutes before serving with plum sauce.
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* Weekend Herb Blogging is a weekly event sponsored by Kalyn's Kitchen and hosted by Ulrike at Küchenlatein this week.