Agrodolce, a sweet-and-sour Italian sauce

Seared pork with agrodolce sauce makes an easy—and immensely flavorful—weeknight dinner.

Seared pork with agrodolce sauce makes an easy—and immensely flavorful—weeknight dinner.

I want to share one of my favorite sauces with you, which will make a boring dinner (think plain Jane chicken) come alive. It’s called agrodolce—a robust Italian sweet-and-sour sauce that’s sweet and tart and tangy all at once. Agro comes form the Italian meaning sour while dolce means sweet in Italian. Basically, the sauce is a reduction of something sour (vinegar) with something sweet, in this case honey.

With the addition of fresh rosemary (so fragrant) and chopped scallions (for its flavor and crunchy texture), agrodolce becomes a tangy sauce that make your kitchen smell divine. Agrodolce is so versatile: you can serve it with grilled chicken, seared pork chops, and grilled fish, especially tuna. You might even like to spoon it over roasted vegetables.

Here I poured the agrodolce sauce over boneless pork loin dusted with salt and crushed chipotle pepper, then seared in a medium-hot pan in olive oil (5-7 minutes on each side). Make your favorite rice and steam a vegetable for an easy weeknight dinner.

Once you make this sauce, you’ll want to make it every week.

What you’ll need at a glance:
Balsamic vinegar (a basic balsamic vinegar is fine for this recipe; no need to go crazy searching for one)
Honey
Garlic
Scallions
Rosemary
Butter

What you’ll need to do:
Chop garlic, scallions and rosemary.Then simmer…it’s so simple.

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