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    Pan-Fried Pork Chops With Quinoa Pilaf and Dried Fruit

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    35 mins

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    15 mins

    NcMysteryShopper's Note:

    Instead of calling for ordinary rice pilaf, Chef James Boyce of Mary Elaine's in Scottsdale, Arizona, pairs juicy pork chops and dried fruit with crunchy quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse that delivers both protein and carbs, as well as fiber, potassium and riboflavin.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 350°; In a small skillet, combine 1/4 cup of the stock with the shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat for 2 minutes; Add the quinoa, wheat berries, thyme and bay leaf; Add 1 cup of the stock and bring to a simmer; Scrape the mixture into a 9-inch square baking dish, cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the quinoa and wheat berries are tender; Remove the pilaf from the oven and keep covered.
    2. 2
      Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and brown them in the skillet over moderately high heat, about 4 minutes per side; Transfer to a plate; Add the dried pears, apricots and cherries to the skillet and cook for 1 minute; Add the port and cook for 1 minute; Add the remaining 1 cup of stock and simmer over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/3 cup, about 5 minutes; Add the pork chops and any accumulated juices and cook over moderate heat, turning the pork a few times, until it is hot and just cooked, about 2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Uncover the pilaf and fluff it with a fork; season with salt and pepper. Mound the pilaf on plates. Set the pork chops on the pilaf, top with the fruit sauce and serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 10, 2007

      55

      Ooh, I'm 1st! I used bone-in chops which didn't fit so well back in the pan at the end but I managed. The pilaf is SENSATIONAL. I even resisted the urge to add more wheat berries knowing that would throw off the liquid needed. :) I might add a chopped onion to the pan w/the fruit. I didn't have pears so I added a couple extra apricots & cherries. Yumyumyum! Thanks, Cheryl for a nice healthy fibericious meal! I made this for Cupid's Choice.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pan-Fried Pork Chops With Quinoa Pilaf and Dried Fruit

    Serving Size: 1 (335 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 479.0
     
    Calories from Fat 180
    37%
    Total Fat 20.0 g
    30%
    Saturated Fat 5.0 g
    25%
    Cholesterol 99.0 mg
    33%
    Sodium 264.6 mg
    11%
    Total Carbohydrate 33.1 g
    11%
    Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
    11%
    Sugars 10.1 g
    40%
    Protein 38.3 g
    76%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    wheat berries

    thyme

    dried sour cherries

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