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Whiskey Mustard-Crusted Pork with Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts.

A whiskey-based sauce over pork tenderloin cutlets is a perfect meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. “Water of life,” better known as whiskey, is believed to have been first distilled in Ireland. It is certainly very much a part of the Irish culture.

The balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts take only 2 minutes to make in the microwave.

Whiskey Mustard-Crusted Pork

  • 3/4 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 slices whole grain baguette

Remove visible fat from tenderloin and cut into 1-inch thick slices. Flatten the slices with a meat bat or the bottom of a heavy skillet to about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork and brown 2 minutes, turn over and brown 2 more minutes. Remove to a plate and add the whiskey to the skillet. Bring to a boil, add water, sugar and mustard. Raise heat and cook stirring to make a smooth sauce, about 3 minutes.

The sauce will thicken. Cook a little longer, if needed. Return pork to skillet and warm in sauce for a minute. A meat thermometer should read 145 degrees. Serve the pork with the sauce spooned on top.

Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts

  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place Brussels sprouts in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high 2 minutes. Mix oil and vinegar together in a small bowl and add to the hot sprouts.

Toss well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of over 30 cookbooks, including her newest, “The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook.” Listen to Linda on www.WDNA.org and all major podcast sites.