Bursting with FlavorPosted: June 11, 2012
You may have noticed there’s been a slight theme with my food lately: fast and easy. I’ve had a lot going on the last few weeks, so I’ve needed meals that are quick and simple to prepare. And flavorful – you can’t forget about that. I’ve also been enjoying some of the fresh summer veggies, like grape tomatoes. I love that they’re so sweet and juicy, and how after you sauté them for a few minutes they blister and burst open, making them extra delicious. You could pour them over chicken breasts or white fish, but I used pork chops rubbed with minced garlic. Thin pork chops or pork cutlets cook up quickly too, making this another super-fast meal, perfect for a busy weeknight.
Garlic Pork Chops with Sautéed Grape Tomatoes
– 4 boneless center-cut pork chops
– 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
– 1 pint of grape tomatoes
– 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme
– Olive oil
– Salt and pepper
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper, and then rub the chops with the minced garlic. Add a little oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add the chops and cook a few minutes on each side until done. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Add a little more oil and then and the grape tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until the skins blister (and easily burst when touched by a spoon), shaking the pan occasionally. Add the thyme, drizzle with additional oil and cook 1 minute. Plate pork chops and top with the tomatoes. Serve with rice pilaf, a salad, or your favorite (fast & easy) side dish.