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Pork Chops Scarpariello

This dish is a bit labor intensive, but totally worth it. The pork is super moist, and there are plenty of veggies to go around. I used the method that I used for roasting peppers a few weeks ago – cutting them in half and seeding them first, then smashing them flat onto a pan and broiling them. That way you don’t have to keep turning them. Of course, if you have a gas stove, you can blister peppers in a snap right on the flame.

Pork Chops Scarpariello

Pork Chops Scarpariello
Gourmet August 2008

yield: Serves 4
active time: 30 min
total time: 1 hr

A perfect introduction to the allure of chiles, this Italian classic balances the cherry peppers’ piquancy with roasted bell peppers, lemon, and parsley. It’s a bright, summery dish that you’ll hanker for all year long.

2 red bell peppers
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped, divided
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 (1-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops (2 pounds total)
1 medium onion, chopped
4 fresh red or green cherry peppers or 2 fresh red jalapeños (1/4 pounds total), finely chopped
½ cup dry white wine
½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Roast bell peppers on racks of gas burners over high heat (or on rack of a broiler pan about 2 inches from heat), turning with tongs, until skins are blackened, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and tightly cover with plastic wrap. Let stand, covered, 20 minutes. Peel, then halve lengthwise, discarding stems and seeds. Cut peppers into 1-inch pieces.

While peppers stand, mince and mash half of garlic to a paste with 3/4 teaspoon salt. Combine with rosemary, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Rub onto chops.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Sauté pork, turning once, until pale golden in spots and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm, loosely covered with foil.

Add roasted peppers to skillet with onion, remaining garlic, cherry peppers, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add wine and broth and boil until liquid is reduced to a glaze, about 5 minutes. Add meat juices from plate and remove skillet from heat. Add butter, stirring until incorporated. Stir in lemon juice, parsley, and salt to taste and spoon over chops.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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