When I cook meat for my family I generally treat it as a side dish. I'll buy one top quality steak, simply grill it, slice it into thin strips and serve with tons of vegetables, potatoes and maybe a special sauce. I did the same with these organic pork chops from Berkshire Farms the other night and we all agreed it was the best meal we'd had in a while. I coated them with Turkish spiced flour and salt, fried them in a hot pan and served them with green herb mashed potatoes, garlicky kale and drizzled everything with a garlic parsley sauce. My husbands birthday request was for me to cook the same dinner two nights later but he wanted his own pork chop....hmm, a complement, or a subtle hint?
Recipe: Spiced Pork Chop With Green Garlic Parsley Sauce
4 top quality pork chops
1/2 Cup flour
1-2 teaspoons, depending on taste Turkish meat spice (or mix together paprika, black pepper, dry garlic, cumin, oregano, and red pepper)
Grapeseed oil or other high temperature oil
Sprinkle the pork chops with kosher salt and allow them to come to room temperature while you are preparing the rest of your meal. Mix the flour and spice on a plate with another dash of salt. About 10 minutes before you are ready to eat, heat on a high flame a large heavy bottomed pan and generously coat with oil. Coat both sides of the pork chops with the flour mixture and place in the pan. Allow to sizzle for a minute or two and turn the flame down to medium high. Fry each side for about 4 minutes. Two pans might be necessary or you could cook them in two batches. Remove the pork chops to a cutting board, cover with foil and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
I make a green garlic parsley sauce that is delicious with everything. I wash and pick half a bunch of parsley, mince a few large garlic cloves and puree it in a blender with about a half cup of olive oil. I transfer the puree to a small cast iron pan and warm over low heat for a few minutes to just slightly soften the garlic. Mix in a little salt and pepper toward the end.
Serve the pork chops drizzled with this sauce and a wedge of lemon.