Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pan Sauteed Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash and Crisped Pancetta


The pig and the butternut squash.

A match made in heaven, that’s what it is.

Butternut squash roasting with garlic, rosemary, coriander in the oven.

Pancetta crisping , pork chops sautéing.

So easy to do.

A great weeknight supper.

A grand candlelight dinner at home for two.


Pan Sauteed Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash and Crisped Pancetta
With kudos to Jamie Oliver and Blue Kitchen

Preheat oven to 400.

Spray baking sheet with Pam.

1 large butternut squash, sliced in half lengthwise, peeled, seeds removed, sliced in half, then lengthwise again to make half moons
1 large tbsp coriander seed, crushed in mortar and pestle
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 long red dried chiles
8 garlic cloves, smushed
Several sprigs rosemary, stripped
Extra virgin olive oil

Spread butternut squash over baking pan sprinkle with the crushed coriander. Add the rosemary sprigs, add the peppers, add the garlic drizzle with olive oil season well bake 30 minutes.

3 ounces pancetta, chopped
2 large boneless pork chops
Extra virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh Italian parsley, chopped

In a large cast iron skillet, heat a couple of good swirls of extra virgin olive oil. When oil is wavy add the chopped pancetta and cook about five minutes or so over medium high heat until crispy. Turn heat down a bit, so the oil doesn’t smoke and add the pork chops. Cover and let cook 5 minutes. Don’t disturb them.
Turn them over and cover and cook 5 more minutes. They’ll get a nice crust on them this way.
Remove from heat, let sit for a couple of minutes.

Plate the squash first, add the porkers on top of the squash and sprinkle with the cooked pancetta and chopped Italian parsley.

Serves 2 very happy peoples with leftovers for the lunch.

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4 comments:

Pam said...

Boy, do you know how to garnish a plate. Do you give lessons?

Sophie said...

A truly wonderful & ooh so well presented dish!! I give you1 Michelin star!

fluffernutter said...

I agree that pig and winter squash were made for each other! Think of all the combinations: roasted together, ham on pumpkin biscuits, soup, pasta. A perfect marriage!

Mary Coleman said...

Pam, you're too much! That's a high compliment!

Fluff darling!! Ain't it the truth. I hope you're doing well.

Sophie...you are a true and loyal reader. Thank you so much for your
support!!!