Being half Sicilian I love to incorporate southern Italian flavours in my cooking. These Baked Italian Pork Steaks make a wonderful looking dish to entertain friends and family with. Great colours with wonderful taste.
Recipe provided by New Zealand Gluten-Free Chef Jimmy Boswell, food writer, chef, food stylist; an extract from The New Zealand Gluten-Free Cookbook, Published by Penguin New Zealand. For more info on Jimmy, visit his Facebook page.
– 6 pork loin or sirloin steaks certified free range
– 2 garlic cloves peeled and crushed
– Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 6 tblspns parmesan cheese freshly grated
– 1 tblspn fresh sage finely diced
– 2 tblspns olive oil
– 350g (12oz) cherry tomatoes on the vine
– 1 handful fresh basil leaves
Preheat the oven to 190 C (375 F).
Wash and pat dry the steaks. Spread a little of the crushed garlic over the pork and season on both sides. Mix the sage and cheese together.
Place the steaks in one layer in a shallow roasting tin and carefully sprinkle 1 tblspn cheese mix over each. Drizzle with a little oil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes remove the tray from the oven and baste the pork with the cooking juices. Arrange the cherry tomato trusses around the pork steaks. Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes until the pork is tender and the tomatoes are slightly soft.
Sprinkle with basil leaves, cover with foil and stand for 5 minutes before serving straight from the tray. I serve with seasonal salad with glazed baby carrots and Italian herb dressing for the salad.
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