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Braised Tuscan Pork Chops

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

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.

Serves4

Preparation Time15 min

Preparation Time - Text15 MINUTES

Cooking Time40 min

Cooking Time - Text40

Cooking Methodbraising, sauteeing

CostModerate

Easy

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

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturemeaty, savory

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Separate the pork chop; and lay them out on a large platter or work board.

  2. 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.

  3. Cook the pork chops until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan, cover with foil and set aside.

  4. Reduce the heat to medium and add another 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.

  5. Once hot, stir in the tomatoes, pepper, carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes; stirring frequently with a wooden spoon.

  6. Add the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, thyme and basil. Mix to combine.

  7. Return the pork chops to the pan and top with the tomato mixture.

  8. Pour in the wine or both, then cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

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