Monday, February 20, 2012

Recipe Time: Calabrian Pork Chops with Red Potatoes and Sweet Cherry Peppers

I WISH I could take credit for this meal, but unfortunately, I can't. I pulled this beauty from Teresa Giudice's "Fabulicious" more info on that can be found here! This is now one of our favorite meals! Its cheap, easy and healthy. A perfect trifecta!

Calabrian Pork Chops with Peppers and Potatoes

7Tbs extra virgin olive oil, divided
2Tbs red wine vinegar
2tsp finely chopped fresh basil
1tsp dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2tsp salt
1/4tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 (6z) boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/4lbs medium red potatoes, cut lengthwise into sixths
6 hot or sweet fresh cherry peppers, tops removed, seeded and quartered

*If you can't find fresh cherry peppers, pickled cherry peppers works just as well. I use a whole jar. These wont need cooking so just add them to the potatoes with the browned pork.

1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk 3Tbs of the olive oil with the vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Let stand for 15 minutes. Add the pork to the mix, stir to coat, and let it marinate for another 15 minutes.

2. Heat 2Tbs of the olive oil in a large skillet, over high heat. Remove the pork from the marinade, letting the excess marinade drip back into the bowl. In batches, add the pork to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until the pork is browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the browned pork to a plate, leaving any remaining fat in the pan.

3. Add the remaining 2Tbs olive oil to the skillet and reduce the heat to medium. Add the potatoes and peppers, if using fresh, and stir well. Cook, stirring often, until the potatoes begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of water and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the water evaporates and the potatoes are almost tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

4. Return the pork to the skillet, adding the peppers if using pickled peppers, cover and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper, serve hot.

I honestly can't say anything else about this dish, other than its absolutely delicious! Our little one even loved it, she was literally shoveling handful after handful into her mouth at dinner. Its a cheap, healthy, hearty meal, that is bound to be a winner in your house too!

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