I’d never really thought about using dates in savoury cooking before but when planning what to cook for dinner for when my brother came over the other night; post visiting the market and coming away with 3 packets of dates for a bargain price of one pound, this idea came to me, and I kind of winged it from there!
I didn’t really measure anything (no surprise there!) but have tried to remember what quantities I added. Will update if I think of anything else!
Makes enough for two portions
Ready in 15 minutes
3 pork loin steaks - I’m a girl and had one, two for my brother!
½ red onion, sliced thinly
6 dates, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
Fresh mint to garnish
100ml or so of light vegetable stock (I always use marigold bouillon)
1 heaped tsp cornflour, made up with a tbsp of water
Fry the onion until softened over a moderate heat, push to the side of the pan and add the pork steaks and use a small plate or similar to weigh down, fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked through and nicely coloured, re-distribute the onions, stir in the dates, and stock, bring to the boil and simmer for a couple of minutes, stir in the cornflour mixture, allow to bubble up stirring continuously until the sauce has thickened, and serve.
The pork would be lovely served with rice, but I was experimenting with some spare ingredients so ended up with minted aubergine slices, and a packet of new potatoes in garlic butter!
Overall it was a very tasty, quick and simple dish and I will be definitely using dates again in cooking, rather than sitting and eating them all straight from the packet!