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Monthly Recipe: Pork Chops with Salted Fruit

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Fans of The Brady Bunch might remember this episode…

…when the phrase “pork chops…and applesauce” (done in your best Humphrey Bogart impression) became a famous catchphrase of the show. While Peter’s Bogart impression may have left something to be desired, the fact is is that pork paired with apples, plums, pluots, or other fruits can be absolutely delicious! So when I saw this recipe in the NY Times Cooking section, I knew I had to give it a try.

Fruits can be interchangeable, but for this recipe stick to stone fruits. I have prepared this recipe with plums, pluots, and peaches (sometimes all three) and it still works every time. While the Times recipe suggests pan-cooking the pork chops and then quickly searing the fruit salad, I chose to grill the chops and leave the fruit salad raw for maximum contrast.

As usual, this recipe is Whole30, macros and Paleo friendly, and takes very little time to prepare. My favorite kind of recipe. And further proof that it doesn’t have to be hard to prepare delicious, healthy meals at home.

Ingredients

* 2 bone-in or boneless pork chops
* 1 pound medium pluots, peaches, plums , pitted and sliced
* ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
* ¼ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar or fresh lime juice, plus more as needed
* ½ teaspoon fish sauce
* Salt and pepper to taste
* Olive oil to taste
* Fresh mint leaves

Step 1: Prepare the salad.
Combine the fruit, onion, rice vinegar and fish sauce in a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. You’re looking for a balance of salty and tangy. Let it sit until you are ready to eat, stirring occasionally to distribute the seasonings.

 

 

Step 2: Light up the Grill
Rub your chops with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill 3-4 mins a side, depending on thickness. Pork is done when there is a little pink inside, but no translucence.

 

 

Step 3: Plate and Serve
Slice the chop, put it on the plate, and scatter the fruit mixture on top of it. Sprinkle with torn mint leaves if desired, then dig in, making sure you get some of the pork and the fruit in each bite!

 

Resources:  Pork Chops with Salted Plums

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