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White Balsamic Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes and Peas

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Serves 5

  • To learn more, read:
    The Weeknight Pantry
  • from Fine Cooking
    Issue 120

The key to timing this all-in-one dinner right is to marinate the pork first and then prep and cook the potatoes. When the potatoes have about 10 minutes left in the oven, begin cooking the pork.

For the pork
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced and mashed to a paste
  • 1-1/2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick boneless pork chops (about 1-1/2 lb. total)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 oz. (3 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
For the peas and potatoes
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 lb. baby potatoes (any color; golf-ball size), quartered
  • 6 medium cipolline onions (8 oz. total), peeled and quartered, or 1-3/4 cup (8 oz.) thawed frozen pearl onions
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
Marinate the pork

In a shallow glass or ceramic dish wide enough to fit the pork chops in one layer, whisk the 1/4 cup oil with the vinegar, garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes. Add the pork, turn to coat, and leave at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap, for about 20  minutes, turning once.

Cook the peas and potatoes

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

Put the bacon in a heavy-duty 10- to 12-inch ovenproof skillet with 1 Tbs. water and set the skillet over medium high heat. Once the water evaporates, stir constantly until the bacon is crisp, about 6 minutes total. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain; reserve the fat in the skillet.

Heat the reserved bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat. Add the potatoes in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute. Stir the potatoes once, and then add the onions and bacon. Cook, undisturbed, for 1 minute. Stir to coat the onions with the fat, and then season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast until the potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the peas and thyme to heat through, season to taste with salt and pepper, and keep warm.

Cook the pork

Remove the pork chops from the marinade and reserve the marinade. Wipe the marinade off the chops and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly season the pork with salt and pepper on both sides.

Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in a heavy-duty 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering hot. Add the pork chops in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until browned on both sides and slightly firm to the touch, about 6 minutes total. Transfer the pork to a platter, cover, and keep warm. Discard any oil remaining in the skillet.

Add the reserved marinade to the skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; boil for 1 minute. Lower the heat to low and whisk in the butter. As soon as the butter is melted, remove the skillet from the heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour the sauce over the pork. Serve with the potatoes and peas.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 500; Fat (g): 27; Fat Calories (kcal): 240; Saturated Fat (g): 9; Protein (g): 36; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12; Carbohydrates (g): 27; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4; Sodium (mg): 470; Cholesterol (mg): 115; Fiber (g): 4;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Delicious! Will definetly be adding this to our regular menu options. Paired it with a mellow red blend wine and was so yummy!

Delicious! Also, leftovers heat up well and still taste great.

Great recipe. Followed it exactly. Came together very easily. Will make again for sure.

Fabulous dinner and easy to prepare. Would suggest doubling sauce because taste is great and in this case, more is better. Have kept this recipe in my private stash for a quick guest dinner.

Wonderful on my list of fav's. yummo

Excellent week-night meal with timing managed by the recipe. The sauce is simple, quick, and complements the pork perfectly. The second time, we used less bacon. Our chops were thick, so they required four additional minutes. We used the sugar snap peas we had on hand and made no other changes. Whole-menu recipes are great when time is short. Many thanks.

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