The finest Marsalas, aged a minimum of 10 years, are ranked with the great fortified wines of the world–sipping one of these is a pleasure you shouldn’t miss. But for good cooking, I recommend a moderately priced Superiore (aged 2 years) or Superiore Riserva (aged 4 years). For scaloppine, secco (dry Marsala) is a must.
This came out delicious and I just love Lidia. I served this on polenta but you could use rice or pasta. Enjoy!!
2 1/4 pounds (or a little more) Circle B Ranch boneless center-cut pork loin
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour or more
6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more if needed
5 Tablespoons butter, or more if needed
2 Tablespoons finely chopped shallots
3 fresh sage leaves
2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (a single variety such as porcini, shittake, cremini, white mushrooms,
or a mixture)
1 cup dry Marsala
1 cup light stock (chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth), or more if needed
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Trim the pork loin, leaving only a thin layer of fat, and cut it crosswise into twelve equal slices. Using a meat mallet (or other heavy implement), flatten and spread the slices into scaloppine about 1/4 inch thick. Season lightly on both sides with salt and freshly ground pepper. Dredge the scaloppine in the flour, coating both sides, and shake off the excess.
Meanwhile, put 4 Tablespoons of the olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of the butter in the skillet, set over medium-high heat. When the butter begins to bubble, lay four or more scaloppine in the skillet – as many as can lie flat without crowding – and let them sizzle in place until the underside is opaque and tinged with brown, about 3 minutes. Flip them over and color the second side for a couple of minutes; then lift out the slices, let the fat drain off, and put them on a platter. Add a bit more olive oil and/or butter to the skillet if it seems dry, and fry the rest of the scaloppine in the same way.
When all of the pork is browned, pour off the frying oil but leave any crusty caramelization in the skillet. Put in the remaining 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and 3 Tablespoons of butter, and return to medium-high heat. When the butter is foaming, drop in the shallots and sage leaves, and cook, stirring for a minute. Scatter the sliced mushrooms in the pan, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir continuously as the mushrooms sizzle and start to release their juices. Cook, tossing and stirring, until the moisture has evaporated and the mushroom slices are shrunken, soft and caramelized, 6 minutes or more.
Pour in the Marsala, raise the heat, and stir until it boils. Let the wine bubble and reduce for a minute or two, then stir in the stock. Bring to a boil, and cook at a gentle bubbling pace until the sauce is slightly viscous but loose, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
One by one, slide the scaloppine into the simmering sauce, and pour in any juices accumulated on the platter. Shake the pan, spoon sauce over the scaloppine, and flip them over once or twice, until they are heated through and glistening with sauce on both sides. If the sauce is too dense to coat all the meat, loosen it with a bit of stock. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the parsley all over, and serve.
- A Meat Mallet
- A heavy-bottomed skillet or sauté pan, 14 inches in diameter