Pork, pork, pork, I love pork! These days pork is not the enemy, cuts vary and some are very lean indeed. I love the pork fillet for its versatility from baking it roast style or frying served with a teriyaki marinade and Asian greens. But……..big fat pork loin chops are delicious and yes they can be a little fatty but browning the chops in a hot fry pan then transferring to the oven for the reminder of the cooking assures a tender perfectly cooked pork chop every time! 4 pork loin chops 2 bunches of baby pak choy , separated and washed 12 asparagus spears, halved lengthways 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chunky sliced 1 tbsp sesame oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tbsp fish sauce 2 cloves of garlic crushed 1 red or green chili, seeds removed and roughly chopped Preheat oven to 180°c, place the sweet potato onto a baking tray drizzle with olive oil and season well with salt & pepper, pop into the oven for 20 – 25 minutes meanwhile, heat a metal handled fry pan with a very small drizzle of oil, place the chops on the fat side first to crisp up the skin, you may need to hold them in place with some tongs for a few minutes, then brown either side for a further 2 -3 minutes. Loosely cover the fry pan with foil and pop into the oven for about 10 minutes or until pork chop is cooked, only the slightest hint of pink is acceptable, you shouldn’t under cook pork….blurgh! Using a wok or large fry pan over a medium heat add the sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and chili , once heated through add the pak choy and asparagus and stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes, serve hot with sweet potato and those delicious naughty pork stars…..the chops!
If indulging such as I do with most meals, I shared a bottle or two of Liz Richardson’s Pinot Grigio. It’s a Victorian produced wine from the Murray Darling region. The notes on the back of the bottle suggest “Like it’s Italian counterparts it’s long and lean, pear and citrus aromas with a light floral undertone balanced by white peach and lemon flavors that last a lifetime on the palate” is very, very true! Surprised by how enjoyable this drop is. I purchased online at nakedwines.com.au for a reasonable price and cheap delivery. Cheers!