Mediterranean Chops with Parmesan Orzo
This easy-to-cook braise produces an unusual blend of sweet and sour, Mediterranean style. Capers, salty olives, sweet raisins, and Marsala wine simmered togther create a flavor that is unforgetable! Boneless pork chops are a great choice for this recipe but almost any meat will work, including chicken, lamb, or beef. Unlike other braising dishes, this one can be completed in less than an hour. The simple side dish of Parmesan Orzo is perfect, allowing the flavor of the chops to shine through. Serve the chops on top of the Orzo, eating them together. The first bite may shock you, the second will have you hooked!"Wonderful flavor! Can't wait to make this again! I, too, used canned Italian stewed tomatoes instead of fresh... Also left on a low simmer for about 2 hours longer as dinner got delayed which made chops super tender. Great recipe!" - missgeisha
Yield: 4 Ready in 1 hours
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|4 6-ozBoneless pork chops|
|Salt and pepper|
|1/4 cupAll-purpose flour|
|1/4 cupolive oil|
|1 cupOnions; sliced|
|1 cupGolden raisins|
|2 tblspoonsGarlic; chopped|
|1/2 cupDry marsala|
|1.5 cupsRoma tomatoes; seeded, chopped|
|1 cupChicken broth|
|1/4 cupWhite wine vinegar|
|2 teaspoonsDried Oregano|
|1/2 cupPimiento-stuffed green olives|
|2 tblspoonsCapers; drained, crushed|
|2 tblspoonsFresh parsley; chopped|
|1 tblspoonsLemon zest|
|1 cupDry Orzo pasta|
|1 tablespoonolive oil|
|1/4 cupParmesan or Asiago; grated|
|salt and pepper; to taste|
Mediterranean Chops with Parmesan Orzo Preparation
Mediterranean Chops: Season the chops with salt and pepper and dust with flour.
Heat oil in a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the chops and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan.
Add the onions and saute 3 minutes. Stir in the raisins and garlic and saute another minute.
Deglaze the pan with the marsala, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
Stir in the tomatoes, broth, vinegar, sugar, and oregano and bring to a boil.
Return the chops to the pan, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes or until chops are tender.
Add the olives and capers just before serving. Simmer until heated through.
To serve arrange the chops over the Parmesan Orzo, then garnish with parsley and lemon zest.
Parmesan Orzo: Prepare Orzo according to package directions and drain. Transfer to a bowl or serving dish and stir in olive oil, cheese, salt and pepper.
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