Braised Tuscan Pork Chops
Published by Tuttle Publishing
The word sofrito appears in many Tuscan and Spanish recipes. Sofrito is a seasoning sauce made from tomatoes, onions, peppers, carrots, garlic and fresh herbs. I use it often to add depth of flavor to recipes, it complements this dish perfectly. These pork chops also go well with zucchini "noodles", spaghetti squash or grilled vegetables.
Preparation Time15 min
Preparation Time - Text15 MINUTES
Cooking Time40 min
Cooking Time - Text40
Cooking Methodbraising, sauteeing
Total Timeunder 2 hours
One Pot MealYes
OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free
Taste and Texturemeaty, savory
- 4 thick pork chops
- ¼ cup (65 ml) olive oil, divided
- 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 red or green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes (optional)
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ cup (125 ml) white wine or chicken broth
Separate the pork chop; and lay them out on a large platter or work board.
Heat a large saute pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. (The pan should be large enough to fit all 4 pork chops comfortably.) When heated, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Once the oil is very hot, add the pork chops.
Cook the pork chops until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan, cover with foil and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium and add another 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
Once hot, stir in the tomatoes, pepper, carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes; stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.
Add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme and basil. Mix to combine.
Return the pork chops to the pan and top with the tomato mixture.
Pour in the wine or both, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
2015 Cindy Barbieri