Porco a moda da mariana

Ingredients List

  • 2 piri piri (dry birdseye chillis)
  • 2 springs rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • garlic powder
  • salt, pepper,
  • (optional smoked paprika or cayanne)
  • chestnuts, frozen peas and carrot cut into 1cm cubes (carrot batons are great for this)
  • a pork tenderloin
  • Red wine
  • Soy sauce/tamari
  • spot of milk (we use oatmillk)


  1. poke holes on both sides of the tenderloin and coat liberally, with salt pepper, garlic powder, and paprika/cayanne if using
  2. in a large pan with a lid, coat the bottom with olive oil,
  3. add the piri piri, the rosemary sprigs and bayleaves, and heat to medium/high,
  4. cook the herbs and spices until they turn golden and remove from the oil,
  5. when the pan is hot seal the tenderloin on all sides, it gets smokey, so open a window.
  6. once the tenderloin is a lttle charred on all sides, remove and place on a plate,
  7. steam/microwave the carrots for 8-10 minutes and the peas for 5, just enough for a some bite in them
  8. reduce to a medium heat add the chestnuts to the pan and stir, dont be afraid of the dark bits in the pan
  9. season liberally with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  10. once the carrots and peas have finished in the microwave/steamer add them to the pan
  11. season liberally with garlic powder, salt and pepper (again)
  12. reduce the temperature to low/medium and cover for 5 min
  13. cover, and cook for 5 minutes
  14. pour a large glass of red wine into the pan and cover again and cook for 5 minutes
  15. reduce to a low heat and place the meat back in the pan, nestle it around the peas, carrots and chestnuts
  16. pour over some soy sauce and a spash of milk
  17. cover and leave on a low heat for 10 minutes
  18. Move the meat to a chopping board to rest for 5/10 minutes before slicing.
  19. while the meat is resting taste the sauce and adjust to your flavour, if there's too little add more redwine, soy and milk, but remember to boil off the alcohol

Notes & thoughts

can add brocolli or beans to the sauce, optional extensions or mushrooms instead of chestnuts. This is great with a simple garlic and onion rice, if the rice take 12 minutes to cook, you can start this before placing the meat in the pan and they will both be ready at the same time.