• April 14, 2021

Roast Pork Chops with Crushed Charlotte Potatoes and Lettuce and Apple Salad


 Make sure you buy thick-cut chops for this recipe and take them out of the fridge at least five minutes before cooking, ideally longer, as bringing them nearer to room temperature will prevent the meat from drying out, which can be a real danger with pork. Dressing the potatoes while they are still warm means that they really absorb the flavours of the bacon, onions and vinaigrette, and will consequently taste much better.

Ingredients

Serves 2

1 tbsp vegetable oil

2 x 300g thick pork chops

30g butter

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed with the blade of a chef’s knife

2 thyme sprigs

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the crushed potatoes

300g Charlotte potatoes

50g smoked bacon lardons or pancetta

2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced

For the dressing

50ml olive oil

20ml white wine vinegar

½ tsp wholegrain mustard Pinch of salt

For the salad

2 little gem lettuces, leaves separated

½ dessert apple, peeled and shaved with a vegetable peeler

1 tbsp finely chopped chives

Preparation

1Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6.

2Bring a kettle of water to the boil, then pour it into a saucepan. Season with salt and bring back to the boil over a medium–high heat. Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender.

3Place a large, ovenproof frying pan over a high heat. Drizzle the vegetable oil over the pork chops and season with salt and pepper. When the pan is hot, add the chops and cook for 1–2 minutes on each side. Add the butter and, when foaming, baste the meat with it. Add the garlic and thyme, then transfer the pan to the oven for 6–8 minutes. When the chops are cooked through, transfer to a warm plate and allow to rest.

4Meanwhile, place a frying pan over a medium–high heat and add the bacon lardons. Cook for 5–8 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper.

5Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.

6When the potatoes are cooked, drain in a colander, then transfer to a bowl and crush lightly with a fork. Stir in the spring onions and crispy bacon. Drizzle over two-thirds of the dressing, then stir well and season with salt and pepper.

7Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl, add the remaining dressing and toss well.

8Drizzle the pork chops with some of the pan juices and serve with a generous spoonful of the crushed potatoes and the salad on the side.

Time-saving tip

Make double or triple the recipe for this simple salad dressing and keep it in a jar or bottle to save time when you next need to dress a salad

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