16Ingredients
660Calories
35Minutes

Ingredients

  • 550 grams pork chops (or regular chops)
  • 4 tablespoons pesto sauce (homemade* or bought)
  • 1/4 cup thyme (picked)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon zest (and juice)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups fresh basil (picked)
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (lightly roasted)
  • 2/3 cup olive oil (divided)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • lemon juice (Small squeeze of, optional)

Directions

  1. Using a pestle and mortar pound, or very finely chop, the thyme with coarse sea salt (or very finely chop the leaves and mix them with regular sea salt).
  2. When pulped, add the garlic and black pepper and pound again.
  3. Stir in and combine the lemon juice and zest and the olive oil.
  4. Smear the mixture over the chops and leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Place the chops in a hot grill or frying-pan. Cook them for 4 minutes on each side at a medium high heat, until nicely charred and golden. Take care not to burn or overcook them.
  6. Rest the chops for a few minutes, then spoon some pesto over them.
  7. Serve with a salad with mashed potatoes or steamed rice or (like here) potato gnocchi.
  8. Pesto sauce
  9. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
  10. Add half of the olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth.
  11. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Mix in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper and squeeze few drops of lemon juice (optional).
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NutritionView more

660Calories
Sodium54%DV1300mg
Fat86%DV56g
Protein71%DV36g
Carbs2%DV6g
Fiber8%DV2g

PER SERVING *

Calories660Calories from Fat500
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat56g86%
Saturated Fat9g45%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol75mg25%
Sodium1300mg54%
Potassium870mg25%
Protein36g71%
Calories from Fat500
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate6g2%
Dietary Fiber2g8%
Sugars<1g2%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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