Curried Pork Loin with Honeydew and Apricots

This recipe combines the sweetness of honeydew, apricot and yogurt to create a delicious summer dish. The pork loin is seasoned with curry powder and brown sugar and cooked in a white wine and tomato paste sauce. The result is a meal that is sure to delight!

Ingredients used:

  • 1 1/4 pounds - Thick-sliced boneless pork loin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon - Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 large - Onion, chopped
  • 1 extra-large - Garlic clove, diced
  • 2 teaspoons - Curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons - Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup - White wine
  • 1 tablespoon - Wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons - Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup - Nonfat chicken broth
  • Bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup - Chopped dried apricot halves
  • 2 teaspoons - Chopped pickled ginger
  • Honeydew melon
  • 4 1/2 cups - Hot cooked rice
  • 8 ounces - Plain lowfat yogurt
  • Melon juice reserve
  • 1 tablespoon - Chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

Recipe steps:

  • Trim fat off pork slices and cut each piece diagonally into smaller, 1/4-inch thick slices. Season with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a large frying pan until quite hot. Saute pork slices, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add onion and garlic to pan, adding more butter or a little broth if necessary, and saute for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Sprinkle with curry powder and brown sugar and cook for another minute.
  • Pour in wine and heat over low flame, stirring to loosen all browned bits. Add vinegar, tomato paste, broth and bay leaf and stir well. Return pork to pan and add apricots and ginger. Bring sauce just to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Do not overcook or pork will get tough. Add a tablespoon or more of broth or water if needed to make the sauce.
  • Reserving the juice, cut the rind off the honeydew and cut flesh into bite-sized chunks. Set melon aside. To make the optional sauce: mix melon juice with yogurt and cilantro. Stir well. Set aside.
  • Just before serving, remove bay leaf, add honeydew chunks and heat until warm through. (Heating is optional). Adjust seasonings: salt, pepper, vinegar. Assemble and serve hot.

This is a delicious and unique pork curry dish that is sure to impress. The combination of honeydew, apricots and curry powder creates a flavorful sauce that perfectly complements the pork. The optional yogurt sauce is perfect for a summer meal and adds a creamy texture to the dish. Enjoy!