Dried figs have a mildly sweet, jammy flavor that complements the pork.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 head cauliflower, broken into 1-inch florets
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 boneless pork chops (about 2 pounds), trimmed
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 4 dried figs, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees . In a medium saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower, lower the heat, cover and simmer until fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Using an immersion or standing blender, puree the mixture. Season to taste with salt.
- While the cauliflower is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, add to the skillet and cook until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 minute more. Place the skillet in the oven and roast the chops until an instant-read thermometer registers 145 degrees , 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the chops to a cutting board and loosely tent with foil.
- Return the skillet to high heat and add the remaining 1 cup broth and the vinegar, scraping up any browned bits from the pan. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Stir in the figs and thyme. Add the butter, stirring until melted.
- Divide the cauliflower puree and pork chops among 4 plates and spoon the fig sauce on top.
- A to Z Rose; 2005 (Oregon)
- Toss the leftover cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.