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Fig and Rosemary Pork

by Meghann on September 6, 2012

Derek and I had a little fun in the kitchen tonight.

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I stopped at Publix on the way to swim practice yesterday and picked up this little baby in the Apron’s Meal section.

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Loved the concept. Loved the gist of the ingredients listed. But I thought I would put my own little spin on the recipe.

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Here’s what I came up with (based on what I had in my fridge):

ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean pork
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 10 small figs, quartered
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 375.

Rub the pork with the olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Set aside and allow to marinate for 5-10 minutes.

Start the onions in in a large oven-safe pan on medium heat. Once the onions are soft, add the mushrooms and figs, season with salt and pepper. cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the pork. Allow the pork to brown for a couple of minutes per side. Cover the pork with the chicken broth and move the pan from the stove top to the oven to roast.

Pork should cook for 20 minutes, or until the internal temp reaches 145.

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Really, the main difference between my version and Publix’s original recipe is the fact that I cooked the fig sauce with the pork, instead of separately. That way the sauce really had time to give the pork a little extra figgy flavor.

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My plate.

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Of course, after everything was all said and done, I noticed Derek just took a plate of pork, without adding any of the extra sauce to his plate. I asked him what was up and he told me he didn’t like figs (which is weird since he was the one who chopped them for the dish!). He told me it wasn’t a big deal and was happy with the pork sans the sauce (he even went back for seconds and commented on how delicious the pork was). So if you have an eater in the house who doesn’t like figs – don’t worry – they’ll still enjoy it!

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I dug a Dancing Deer Fruit and Nut Bar out of the freezer. Just a 30 second zap in the microwave and it was just as tasty as ever. ;)

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Also, totally okay with Derek not liking figs – more for me. ;)

Good night!

Psst...I updated the wedding page today. Check out how Derek and I created our budget.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 RunInBoise September 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm

My BF doesn’t like figs and don’t think I could convince him to eat it unless I kept him out of the kitchen and served him blindfolded. lol. I actually do want to try this dish though. Sounds tasty.

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2 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 7, 2012 at 8:06 am

That is impressive! I’m always intimidated to try recipes like that, especially since it’s just me in my little studio kitchen!

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3 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 7, 2012 at 8:44 am

You read my mind Katie — I was just about to post the exact same thing. I’m impressed that you made such an intense recipe, Meghann!
Ps. Recipes like this always remind me of Julia Child!

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4 Emily N September 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is going to sound silly, but figs kind of creep me out after that episode of Sex and the City with Charlotte dating that guy….? remember that one?

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5 Becky @ runfundone September 7, 2012 at 9:35 am

That pork looks amazing! Yum!

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6 Erin September 7, 2012 at 9:52 am

I make a pork dish with dried apricots and cherries…and my husband picks out all the fruit. He says he doesn’t like meat and fruit together. Boys!

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7 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

Not liking figs….shame on him! ;) I love this recipe, but I’m not real crazy about pork. I’m going to give this a try with chicken. I’m starting the Paleo diet on Sunday, so this will be a great recipe for next week. Thanks!

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8 Meghann September 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

I think it would be good with chicken too!

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9 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 7, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Whoa, you’re fancy! This dish looks delicious and impressive. Figs add a special touch. Definitely want to try it!

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10 Jenn September 11, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Just made this last night and it was delicious! Also added about 1/4 -1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar too and it gave it that extra acidity. LOVE IT! Will be making this on a regular basis. Thanks!

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11 Lauren September 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hey Meghann! There is a deal today on Google for Dancing Deer products! $20 for $40 worth of products :) I remembered reading about them on your blog so I just thought you should know!

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