Monday, March 14, 2011

Pork Chops with Pan Roasted Grape Tomatoes




I think pork chops are an incredibly underrated choice for dinner. With such a low fat content, they are considered just as lean and healthy as a boneless chicken breast. The problem is with such a lean piece of meat, it is very easily overcooked, and no one wants a dry chop! This recipe will ensure a juicy, delicious pork chop without adding unnecessary fat. Enjoy!

Ingredients


2 boneless pork loin chops, about 3-4 oz. each
1 tsp. butter
2 tbs. olive oil, separated into 1 tbs. & 1 tbs.
salt + pepp
1 pint grape tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 cup chicken stock

The Steps

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil and the butter over medium heat.

2. Pat down your pork chops and season both sides well with salt and pepper.


3. Once the olive oil & butter combo is hot (but not burning!), place the chops in and leave alone. Sear for about 4 minutes or once there is a golden crust formed, and then turn and sear the other side for 3 minutes.


4. Once the pork chops have been seared on both sides, remove from the pan and set aside. Turn down the heat to medium low and add the other 1 tbs. of olive oil to heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 

5. Add in the chicken stock and make sure to scrape up any bits that may have come from searing the pork (those are packed with flavor). Then add in the tomatoes and let them cook for about 5-8 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.


6. Add back in the pork chops and any of their juices, and place entire skillet in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pan sit for another 10 or so minutes. The pork chops are done when your meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. 


Note: I like to serve the chops, tomatoes, and their juices over a grain, such as couscous or rice pilaf. Adding a starch underneath ensures all that yummy flavor will be soaked up!

xoxo The Savvy Spoon



1 comment:

  1. Confession - pork chops were my least favorite meal growing up... Don't tell my mom (who really is an amazing cook) but they always seemed so dry and tasteless. I'm dying to try this recipe - yours look beyond amazing! And health too? Double yum!

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