Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Cranberries and Red Swiss Chard

I decided that tonight, I'm going to stop unpacking and setting up for one evening (the work will still be there tomorrow) and invite some firends over for dinner. After two nights of delicious shrimp I have decided it's time for some meat!
I'm going to be making pan roasted bone in pork chops with cranberries and red swiss chard. It's a lengthy recipe for a Wednesday, but I have not taken the time to truly enjoy cooking lately and it's getting to me. I have to get better at making time to do the things I love. So I figure the best way to start doing that is to invite people over who's company I enjoy, crack open a few bottles of wine and share and awesome meal together. Take some time out for yourselves today's worth it and so are you and your happiness!

Bone In Pork Chop with Cranberries and Red Swiss Chard Recipe from Lobster Gram
For Swiss chard

  • 1/3 cup minced shallots (2 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lb red Swiss chard, stems and center ribs cut out and chopped together, leaves coarsely chopped separately
For pork chops
  • 4 1 1/4-inch-thick pork chops
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For sauce
  • 1/3 cup minced shallots (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed frozen cranberries (4 1/2 oz)
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock or broth
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Recipe Directions
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Prepare Swiss chard: Cook shallots and garlic in butter in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add chard stems and center ribs and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add leaves and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer chard to a heavy saucepan and wipe out skillet.
Cook pork chops: Pat chops dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown chops, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer skillet to oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally 2 inches into meat registers 155°F, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer chops with tongs to a platter, leaving fat in skillet, and cover chops loosely with foil to keep warm.
Make sauce: Sauté shallots in fat remaining in skillet over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add wine and deglaze by boiling over high heat, scraping up brown bits, until reduced by half. Add cranberries and stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to burst, about 2 minutes. Stir in brown sugar and thyme and simmer, stirring, until berries are collapsed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter until incorporated, then season with salt and pepper.
Assemble dish: While sauce is cooking, reheat chard over moderate heat, stirring. Divide among 4 plates and top with chops, then spoon sauce over.
Source: Roasted Pork Chops with Cranberries and Red Swiss Chard

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