Pork in Milk with Jalapeno, Leek and Pear Marmalade

For a stylish meal try Alan Coxon's creative recipe for tender milk-braised pork served with piquant leek marmalade
By Alan Coxon
Pork in Milk with Jalapeno, Leek and Pear Marmalade
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: medium



  • 2 pork fillets, trimmed or 1 kg of trimmed pork loin
  • 1 pinches black pepper
  • 100 g butter
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 leeks, white part only, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves
  • 8 juniper berries, crushed
  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 500 ml full-fat milk
  • 25 ml single cream

For the jalapeno, leek and pear marmalade

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 560 g leeks, white parts only, finely shredded
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 jalapeño chillies, deseeded and thinly shredded
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 pears, peeled, cored and grated
  • 4 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 pinches black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas 3. Season the pork with salt and freshly ground pepper.

2. Heat a casserole dish over on medium heat, add in the butter and heat until foaming.

3. Add in the celery, leek and carrot, cover and soften over a low heat for 2-3 minutes, taking care not to let the vegetables colour.

4. Add the cloves and juniper berries and stir well.

5. Add in the pork, making sure it is well-coated with the butter and vegetable mixture, and fry for 2-3 minutes.

6. Add in the wine, and cook briskly on high heat for 2-3 minutes.

7. Once the wine has been absorbed, add the milk and cream.

8. Bring up to a simmer, then place the lid on and transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for 12 minutes if using pork fillet, or 20 minutes if using the loin.

9. When ready, remove the meat from the pot, and keep warm.

10. Meanwhile, make the jalapeno, leek and pear marmalade. Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the leeks and stir gently.

11. Cover and cook on a low heat for 8-10 minutes.

12. Add the garlic. Cover again and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

13. Add the jalapeno chillies, honey and pear, stir well, cover and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.

14. Add the vinegar and water, bring to a simmer, stir well and reduce until a syrup has been obtained. Process until smooth using a hand or jug blender and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

15. Carve the pork, drizzle over the marmalad and serve with caramelised leeks.

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