In French, this is Filet de Porc à l’ail Infusé Lait. Sounds decadent, doesn’t it? I think this dish sounds more appetizing in French. There’s something about “garlic infused milk” that doesn’t sound very delicious. Don’t let that fool you.
When you think of French Food, what comes to mind? I think rich, creamy – lots of butter, heavy cream and all things decadent. This recipe is no exception – it is rich, creamy and wonderfully delicious. Interestingly enough, there is no butter or cream, yet there is no skimping on flavor. The pork is cooked in milk – yep – milk, rendering a pork that is tender and moist. It gets even better . . . the milk is infused with garlic – lots of garlic – whole cloves of garlic. And to finish it all off, the beautiful “gravy” is thickened with bread. Leave it to the French (who have wonderful breads to begin with) to use something so simple as bread as a thickening agent!
This is not something you would make mid-week, unless you have a few hours to spare. It cooks slowly, making this dish a wonderful as a lazy weekend treat that it is soooo good. The up-front prep work is simple – then there’s nothing to do but wait. Relax, put your feet up, enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee while the house fills with the incredible aromas drifting from the kitchen. Once the tenderloin is cooked, all that’s left to do is make the gravy from the pan liquids. This dish is great with mashed potatoes and pan seared asparagus.
I will never forget the first time I made this, Hubby wandered into the kitchen looking for yet another between meal “snack”. He watched for a few minutes as I poured a quart of milk over a beautiful pork tenderloin sitting in a pot. He made a strange face – curious yet unsure. Trust me, I assured him – it’s going to be good. It was beyond good! And he loved it. Hope you love it, too.
Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Infused Milk
12 cloves garlic, peeled
2 1/2 pound pork loin roast
about 1 quart of milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
pinch of nutmeg
3 slices white bread, crusts removed
Peel garlic, set aside until ready to use.
Place the pork loin roast in a sturdy pot that allows just enough room to easily turn it. Pour in milk to a level that covers 3/4 of the roast. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add peeled garlic cloves. Turn the roast over in the pot.
Place the pot on medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat so that milk is just barely boiling and place the lid on the pot leaving a small opening.
Simmer at this very low boil for 1 1/2 hours or until the roast is cooked through. Turn the roast several times during the cooking.
When it is done cooking, remove the roast from the pan and wrap tightly in foil to keep the meat warm. Trim crusts from bread, set aside.
Fish out the cloves of garlic from the cooking liquid and strain the rest of the liquid into a blender.
Add the cloves of garlic and the bread to the blender and then blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour milk mixture into a saucepan. Heat over medium heat to thicken, about 5 minutes.
To serve, slice pork roast, place on a rimmed serving platter and pour sauce on top.