Pork Cutlets with Figs and Balsamic Vinegar Recipe

  • 8 1/3-inch-thick slices center-cut pork loin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 6 fresh ripe figs, quartered
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 pork slices and sauté until brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pork to baking sheet. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to skillet. Repeat with remaining 4 pork slices. Transfer pork to oven to keep warm.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar. Simmer until vinegar evaporates, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of skillet, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth. Simmer until mixture is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add figs and whipping cream. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and any accumulated juices from pork. Simmer until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, about 2 minutes longer. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange pork on plates. Spoon sauce over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.