Monday, February 21, 2011

Pistachio-Crusted Pork Chops

Look what my sweetie got for a special Valentine's meal.  He loves breaded pork chops and pistachios, so this was a sure way to warm his heart.  These pork chops are seared on the stove top then transferred to a cookie sheet to complete so the breading stays on.  I served this with a side of Tomatoe Basil Soup (made using canned tomatoes as they're not in season), and Baked Potatoes.

from Rachael Ray

1/2 cup shelled pistachios (this takes time so I'd do it the day before)
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 cup breadcrumbs (I put half filled with wheat germ)
Four 1-inch-thick pork chops
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

Preheat the oven to 400°. Using a food processor, finely grind the nuts, garlic, lemon peel and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer to a shallow bowl; whisk in the breadcrumbs.

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip each chop into the egg, then coat with the nut mixture; transfer to a baking sheet.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chops and cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side; return to the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 140°, about 20 minutes.

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Happily submitted to Mouthwatering Mondays over at A Southern Fairy Tale


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  1. I adore pistachios in sweets & savories and of course on their own :) These pork chops sound awesome!!

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  3. This looks delsh! I am always looking for creative ways to cook pork chops. Pistachios are beloved around here. They have just sprung up in grocery stores lately. I just tried butternut squash ravioli with sage butter and toasted pine nuts. I think it was my favorite meal yet. Enjoying your blog and your meals. Thank you.

  4. Marla ~ Thank you for your compliment. I'm looking forward to making your breakfast cookies recipe :)

    Susan ~ Thank you so much! This blog is my way of tracking my recipes and I'm so glad you enjoy it :)

    Snippets ~ Oh boy that ravioli sounds amazing. I've never made ravioli before, but it sounds like a great way to change-up our menu a bit :)

  5. I love doing this with chicken, too. I am with your husband on this one. He was loved on Valentine's Day, that's for sure! My hubby would definitely go for the pork over chicken anyday!

  6. What a great combo - pork and pistachios! I have never used pistachios in anything but a dessert - this is definitely something I'll try.


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