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Pork Medallions with Pancetta and Fennel

I don’t mind cooking, I really don’t. In fact, I actually enjoy it more often than not. There are just certain meals though that take a bit more planning, time and patience. This is one of those meals. Pork Medallions with Pancetta and Fennel is one of our favorite meals and I try to make it at least once or twice a year. It is not the healthiest meal, but it is a delicious one!

*Note – I used two packages of pork and two packages of pancetta to have left overs, you can cut this in half if you only want one meal –

Pork Medallions

What You Need

pork- cut into one inch pieces – I used two packages. I prefer to buy the thinnest cut that I can find. Boneless and skinless.

pancetta sliced into small pieces- I purchased two packages of this. Usually it is located in the deli refrigerator at the store where the special cheeses are. You can also find this at the deli counter if it is not pre-packaged at your grocery store.

fennel – This can be found in the produce aisle. I have never seen it at Target but Whole Foods and Publix almost always have it.

onion – I slice about 1/4 of an onion into very thin pieces for flavoring

1 cup heavy whipping cream

4 tbsp lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 cup flour

pinch of black pepper

pinch of salt

What You Do

I like to go ahead and get everything prepped/chopped up front. These might seem like a lot of steps, but some take much less time than others!

1. Cut up your pork into one inch pieces and lay them out on wax paper.


2. Cover the pork that is laid out with wax paper and use a meal mallet (on the flat side, duh!)  to flatten the pork into medallions.


3. Combine flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl. Now coat pork with the flour mixture.

4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat, cook half of the pork at a time. Remove all pork when done.


5. In same skillet cook pancetta until crisp. Add fennel, onion and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes.



6. Add lemon juice and heavy cream and bring to a boil.

7. Return meat to the pan, mix and heat until sauce is slightly thickened and heated through.



Enjoy! I usually serve this with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans.


Tip – Don’t know what fennel is? Sometimes it is hard to ask for help because people have no clue what it is! It is a bulb type veggie and looks like this:

That is about one bulb (to me) and I just cut up some pieces of the “stick” part and also use some pieces of the leafy looking part as well. It really has a delicious flavor with foods.

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  • Reply Biana Perez January 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

    This looks incredible!! I love pancetta but don’t cook with it nearly enough!! Thanks for sharing this girl! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph January 6, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Delicious! I love pork and pancetta.

  • Reply joey January 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I love that you explained (AND SHOWED) what fennel is. I often skip over recipes if I have no idea what something looks like or where to find it in the produce aisle because I don’t want to be the idiot who has to ask! haha! This looks delish!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth January 6, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Ummmmmmmmm my mouth is watering……anything that involves bacon and cream I am totally down with!

  • Reply Kristin January 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Uhhhhh….holy creamy goodness!! Yes please!! This looks awesome!!

  • Reply Julia January 6, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Oh YUM! This looks delicious! I’n the same way with cooking, I don’t mind it but if it’s too involved of a recipe it only happens a few times a year!

  • Reply Tracie January 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Girl, I get down with some fennel and pork! They are so good! I love the slightly licorice taste that fennel has. I love to slice the bulb (take out the core) like an onion and add it to salads or pasta.

  • Reply Jenn @ Business, Life & Design January 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I read this thinking, “I’ll probably figure out what ‘pancetta’ is by the end” but I still have no clue. Help! Onion? Cheese? Meat? Gourmet chef I am not.

  • Reply Pinky January 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

    YUM!YUM! and YUM!!!!!!

  • Reply Caitlin Elizabeth @ This Brunette Life January 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    This looks delicious!! I usually stick to chicken or turkey so maybe I’ll try this recipe and branch out to pork 🙂 Stopping by from the link up!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie January 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    oommgggg this looks amazingggg!

  • Reply Kerry January 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    So glad you shared this, I love pork and pancetta! Yum!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal January 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    DUDE – Seriously – DUDE.

    That sounds AMAZEBALLS

  • Reply Pamela @ A Little Glitter January 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    This looks fabulous. This would be great for a dinner party. It looks very impressive and tasty.

  • Reply kristen January 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    not gonna lie, it looks way too complicated for me lol. but it does look yummy 😉

  • Reply chelsea jacobs January 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious, I need to make this!

  • Reply Mia @ MakeMeUpMia January 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never made anything like this, it looks so good!

  • Reply Pamela @ Sequins & Sea Breezes January 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    OMG YUM!! How can you go wrong with pancetta? Definitely pinning this!!!

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fsahionista January 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    This looks amazing! So fancy and yummy 🙂

  • Reply Kay R. January 8, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Looks so yummy!

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