This pork fillet recipe from Galton Blackiston is absolutely packed with flavour. The carrot and ginger sauce in the recipe adds a sweet spice to the pork, which is deliciously coated with honey and sesame seeds. Despite its remarkable presentation, this pork dish is simple to prepare at home for a weeknight meal.
There can't be many Michelin-starred chefs who started out selling homemade cakes, biscuits and preserves on a market stall in Rye in 1979. Yet, the quietly spoken, endearingly eccentric Galton Blackiston isn't like other chefs.
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Preheat the oven to gas 200°C/Gas mark 6. Meanwhile, heat a frying pan until hot, add the rapeseed oil and 30g of the butter
30g of salted butter
25ml of rapeseed oil
Once the butter is foaming, add the pork fillets and fry, turning occasionally, until golden-brown on each side. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 pork fillets
Remove the fillets from the pan and place onto a plate. Drizzle with the honey and coat well with the sesame seeds. Transfer the sesame-coated pork fillets to a trivet in a roasting tray and place into the oven to cook for 10-12 minutes, or until completely cooked through
2 tbsp of clear honey
4 tbsp of sesame seeds
While the pork fillets are roasting, peel and finely chop the ginger and then squeeze into a tea towel to catch the juice. Place the carrot juice and ginger juice into a pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook to reduce to about 150ml of liquid, then slowly whisk in the rest of the butter. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and set aside
275ml of carrot juice
30g of salted butter
1 piece of fresh ginger
Remove the pork fillets from the oven and leave them to rest in a warm place for five minutes. When ready to serve, carve the pork into thick diagonal slices and place on the centre of each plate. Spoon over the carrot and ginger sauce. Garnish with a few baby spinach leaves, tarragon and chervil
2 2/3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
2 2/3 handfuls of chervil
1 pinch of fresh tarragon
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