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Portuguese Pork with Red Peppers Recipe
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Portuguese Pork with Red Peppers

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"One of my favorite flavor combinations ever! This pork dish combines the strength of garlic with the sweetness of red pepper balanced by a tangy lemon garnish."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    3 hrs


  1. With a large mortar and pestle, mash the garlic, coarse salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and peppercorns into a fine paste. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. With a mallet, flatten the pork medallions to 1/4 inch thick. Place in the bowl with the garlic mixture, tossing to coat. Cover, and marinate 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over high heat. Stir in the pork and remaining garlic mixture. Quickly brown pork about 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. Place red peppers into the skillet, and saute 2 to 5 minutes, until tender but firm. Pour white wine into the skillet, and scrape up the browned bits. Reduce heat to low, return pork to skillet, and continue cooking 10 to 15 minutes, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).
  5. Slice 1 1/2 lemons into thin rounds. Transfer the pork and pepper mixture to a serving platter. Squeeze juice of remaining 1/2 lemon over the pork and peppers, and garnish with the lemon rounds.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 19, 2006

When I origially posted this recipe (under an old user account that I forgot) I left out the cup of chicken stock that you add just after the alcohol from the wine has cooked off. You should first remove the peppers and reduce the liquid by half before adding the pork and peppers back to the pan.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 22, 2010

I was slightly underwhelmed by this dish but when I read the description, it is exactly as described. It seemed to be missing something but I really don't know what I would do differently. There was a definite heat to the meat with the pepper/garlic flavors coming through and the sweetness of the peppers did cut it nicely. I did follow the changes mentioned by the author's additional post and also mixed a bit of cornstarch to some chicken broth to thicken the sauce. The meat was incredibly tender and I served this dish with roasted asparagus and buttered parsley red potatoes.

Sep 02, 2003

This dish was terrific, particularly if you like pepper. After removing the pork from the pan, I added a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce just a touch. Also used a red, an orange and a yellow pepper for splendid colour. Delicious!

Feb 04, 2004

I didn't have anything but red wine and used it instead and the dish was INCREDIBLE! The pepper is very spicy so the next time I will not only use the right kind of wine for the proper taste, but, I will cut back on the black pepper for the 4 little eatters at my table......moist...very, very, moist! A real meat stretcher dish too with leftovers for lunch!

Dec 09, 2009

This was quite a challenge without a mortar and pestle but with patience, perseverance and the flat side of a chef's knife I got the job done. This was just delicious. The contrast of the bite of the peppercorns with the sweetness of the red pepper was interesting, piquant and delicious. This "paste" permeates the meat and flavors it beautifully and that, coupled with the wine and chicken broth the submitter advised to add in a separate review, made for a wonderful sauce. I left the lemon off mine, hubs included it in his - -we were both pleased as pie! I served this with rice pilaf (parsley buttered potatoes would have been good too) and fresh asparagus. Great dish with a lovely presentation.

Mar 16, 2004

This was an excellent recipe! My family loved it. I didn't get to marinate but about 20 minutes & it was still fantastic. I also did not make a paste, but used crushed garlic out of a jar (don't have a mortar & pestle), & actually, with that much meat I think it worked better as a marinade. I used my favorite white wine and followed another Reviewer's suggestion to add cornstarch to the leftover sauce, which turned out to be a good idea. Can't wait to make this again!

Apr 22, 2005

Wonderful! I used a combination of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers. Skipped the lemon slices, but the lemon juice is a must. We had this with plain couscous and steamed broccoli.

Apr 01, 2003

I like this recipe a lot. Although I substituted water for the wine, I still found the sauteed red pepper sauce quite flavorful. Next time I will double the red pepper sauce part as it was so tasty I couldn't get enough!


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  • Calories
  • 211 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 74 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 7.6 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 24.3 g
  • 49%
  • Sodium
  • 423 mg
  • 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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