Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Crunchy Pork Chops & Garlicky Spinach Tomato Salad

Nigella Lawson is this week's FNCCC chef! From browsing her recipes, I take it that she really really likes chocolate. There were some really yummy looking dessert recipes but I went another direction and did pork chops instead!


Crispy Pork Chop & Spinach Salad


Crunchy Pork Chops with Garlicky Spinach and Tomato Salad
Courtesy Nigella Lawson

Ingredients
Pork chops:
  • 2 pork chops, approximately 8 ounces each (Mine weren't that big, probably closer to 5 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (You will only need 1 cup of bread crumbs if you also plan on breading yourself along with the pork chops! I used about a half a cup and still had oodles of waste)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup ground nut oil or similar, for frying (I used 1/4 cup peanut oil and probably still could've used a bit less)
Garlicky spinach and tomato salad:
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves (I don't think you can even find baby spinach here, so I just used regular)
  • Salt and pepper
  • I added a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to this too

Directions

Trim the thick white fat off the pork chops, cutting carefully around the outside edge. Lay the chops between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and, using a mallet or a rolling pin beat them until the meaty part of the chop is half as thick. You will need to beat around the bone, so turn them over once as you go. I skipped this entire process. My pork chops were already rather lean and quite thin to begin with.

Beat the egg in a shallow wide bowl with the mustard, oregano, and salt and pepper. On a large plate or platter, combine the breadcrumbs with the Parmesan.

Press each of the chops into the egg mixture, coating either side. Then dip the eggy chops (for no reason whatsoever I start giggling every time I read the phrase 'eggy chops') into the bread crumbs, covering them evenly. Let them lie on a cooling rack to dry slightly while you heat the oil in a large frying pan. When a small cube of bread sizzles if dropped into the oil, then the oil is hot enough. Cook the chops until they are a deep golden color, about 5 to 7 (or 3-4) minutes a side (depending on how thin you've managed to get them and how cold they were before going in the oil).

Meanwhile, quarter the tomatoes and take out the seeds, then cut the shells into strips and dice them. You can take off the skins, too, if you prefer, by steeping the tomatoes first into a bowl of just boiled water for 3 to 5 minutes. Combine the diced tomato, minced or grated garlic, oil, and lemon juice in a bowl, and season well with salt and pepper.

When the chops are ready, toss the spinach in the tomato mixture until well coated and divide the salad between 2 large plates, putting each chop alongside.


The Verdict: Both Martijn and I loved these! The outside of the chops was perfectly crispy and the inside was nice and tender. The salad was also wonderful. These also come together REALLY fast. I think I had dinner done in less than 20 minutes which is practically a world record for me. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try!


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17 comments:

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Oh Mub, those pork chops look TO DIE FOR!!!

Noodle said...

Yummy I think I could do this one... I might have to try the chops... Johnny wont eat spinish...

HeathahLee said...

That pork chop looks so good I could eat it off the screen! :D

We also fix spinach salad with pork chops but our dressing is a sweet cinnamon vinaigrette...soooooo good!

Abigail said...

*stomach growls* these look delicious. Breaded pork cutlets ('katsu') are pretty popular here in Japan, but these look like a tasty twist. I bet they'd be good on sticky rice as 'katsudon'.

The Bearded Lady (Laura) said...

This meal looks WONDERFUL!!! THank you for sharing!! Everyone at our dinner table would be pleased with this!!

I found you via Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday. Thanks for sharing!!

Amy said...

I cannot wait to try that salad! It sounds delicious!

Melissa B. said...

Yummy! Looks super-delish. And Mr. Fairway just happens to LOVE pork chops, and I just happen to be going to the grocery story today. Happy St. Patty's to you. SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did!

Luck o' the Irish

4 Lettre Words said...

Those look amazing!! My mouth is watering and it's only 6:29 AM!

Candi said...

That looks so good!!!

SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

the pork chops and salad look like a nice combination!

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Man...it's not even 11 and now I am craving those pork chops!! Mmmm

Thanks for coming by and saying Hi yesterday! =) Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Spotted Sparrow said...

Hey, you made schnitzel! Could you make it again tonight? I'll be by in an hour. ;P

Tam said...

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Sarah said...

Your blog design makes me smile every time I open it. Your meal look delish but I know that I cannot fry food myself and like it. The salad looks a lot like my go-to throw it together salad. Nicely rounds out any meal.

The commercial mentioned above is funny because the sock monkey gets a tatoo sewn on. Cute.

And just because I've been sharing all my FeedBurner woes with you (not by any choice of your own :) I got one of your feeds then nothing. No feed emails at all. You know when I told you last time that I would have to resort to reading everything in my viewer...well this time I mean it!

Unknown Mami said...

That pork chop is making my mouth water and I'm not even hungry.

Ticia said...

We made this too as one of the other recipes, and it was good.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Delicious! Great choice, so glad they worked out so well!

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