Marsala, an ancient coastal town on the westernmost tip of Sicily, is most famous for its fortified wine that it began exporting at the end of the eighteenth century. The wine is often used to make a beautiful sauce that can be paired with chicken or even veal or pork.
I love the pork variation as it reminds me of a time when I worked at the local newspaper in a small town in New York. During our lunch break, my coworkers and I would walk to the little Italian-American restaurant. The restaurant served the most delicious pork scaloppini alla marsala. I have tried to recreate it in this recipe ( and it has quickly become a family favorite).
For the juiciest pork, the most important tip that I can give you is to brine the cutlets. Just soak the meat in salt water for at least an hour. This traps the moisture in the meat. Rinse the salt water off and pat dry when finished brining. You’ll be left with tenderized, juicy cutlets.
If you’re heading out to work, you can certainly start brining them before you head out, and they’ll be ready to cook when you get home.
I hope this delicious pork marsala will bring a taste of Italy into your home as well! Enjoy!
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- For Brine:
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 8 peppercorns
- 1½ pounds pork cutlets (thin sliced)
- ½ teaspoon sage
- pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces of mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
- ¼ cup gluten free beef stock
- 3 tablespoons marsala wine
- 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon parsley
- For brine: Dissolve salt in water. Place meat in a large baking dish and cover with brine. Add peppercorns and bay leaf. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least one hour. Then take the cutlets out, discard the brine, rinse the meat off and pat them completely dry. Season with sage and pepper and set aside.
- Heat oil in a skillet over a medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. Remove mushrooms with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add pork to the same skillet in batches and cook about 4 minutes on each side. Remove pork and keep warm.
- Stir beef broth and wine into skillet scraping up browned bits for gravy. Return pork and mushrooms to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes until heated through.
- Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley.
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