Saturday, November 6, 2010

Not So Spicy Pork Chops

I got tickets to see Lidia Bastianich this week at our local bookstore. She will be promoting her newest book.

So I was visiting her web site for dinner ideas and found this one. Spicy Pork Chops, Costolette di Maiale Piccanti. When I went to the grocery store all I could find were very large jars of peppers. I did not want to buy a giant bottle of cherry peppers (why are they all so big?). So I did the logical thing… I omitted them.
For a side dish I made roasted beets (thank you Debi) lightly seasoned with olive oil and salt. Also made mashed potatoes, with the skins on and used Chicken broth instead of milk and than added some goat cheese...

My variation of Lidia's recipe
serves: 2 servings

2 3/4-inch-thick lean rib pork chops


all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

¾ cup white wine

1 cup chicken stock

Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels and sprinkles both sides of each lightly with salt. Coat the chops with flour and shake off any excess flour. Add oil large skillet and place over medium heat. Add the chops and cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. 

Reduce the heat to low. Tilt the skillet and spoon off as much of the fat as possible. Add the rosemary to the skillet. Add vinegar to skillet and cook, shaking the skillet occasionally, until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Pour the wine into skillet and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. 

Add chicken stock to skillet, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the chops to plates. The sauce should be slightly syrupy. If not, increase the heat to high and boil one to two minutes. Spoon the sauce over the chops.


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

Can't go wrong with white wine love it! These look so juicy and just perfect!

Katrina V. said...

I love pork chops and these look great. I've got a couple of chops in my fridge leftover from soup I made this afternoon, so I may take a more in-depth look at this recipe before making dinner tomorrow night!

Debi said...

I like that bowl that you used for the potatoes. Cute! But the beets, blech. Glad you liked them. :)

Elsa said...

I love beets and the bowl your potatoes are in. Now I must search for one to buy. :)