Seared Pork with Roasted Grapes
by Cindi Sutter, Founder of The Spirited Table® - from IN PORK - part of 11 ridiculously easy dinners with 5 ingredients or less.
Pork chawwwwps and apple sauuuuu-I MEAN roasted grapes.
Lately I’ve been all about meals that basically make themselves. Meals that take less than .233462 minutes to pull together. Meals that use less than .19827345 ingredients from beginning to end. Meals that wash my car and mow the lawn. Meals that give me facials and paint my fingernails. Meals that press “play” on my remote control so that I can watch yet another episode of Law & Order. Meals that sing to me, rub my shoulders and braid my hair. Meals that back up my computer, make the beds and take out the trash. Meals that play ping pong with me, brew my morning tea, and tuck me in at night. Meals that do the laundry, fertilize the yards and grab the mail. Meals that- I’m just kidding! I just wanted to see how long I could drag this out before you lowered yourself into a shark tank.
I’m happy to tell you, well, two things:
1) This meal does all (or 2%) of the above. Yay.
2) It didn’t snow! However, it rained all day and now my lawn is 45 feet tall and beggeth for a moweth. Looks like I’ll have to make this pork chop take on that task, right? Haaaaah! Oh.
By the way, have you ever roasted grapes? No? Should you change that? Ya-hes.
Ya wanna hear a story real quick? (put that rat poison away)
So, when I planned this meal, I accidentally bought seeded grapes, and my husband started snacking on the grapes and I was all, “Don’t eat all of those! I have plans for them.” And I rubbed my hands together like an evil commander, ya know. And he goes, “These grapes have seeds in them.” And I replied, “WHAT. Are you serious? Please tell me you’re joking because I’m roasting those and I don’t want to feel like I’m chomping on broken fossils.” And he said, “No, they really have seeds in them.” So, I had to go back to the store and get seedless and he juiced the ones with seeds in them. The end.
It’s a brand new world ahead of us, you guys.
Also, if you sear up some simple pork chops with a little salt and pepper while roasting a few handfuls of red grapes with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh thyme, your Lou is pretty much going to forget how to skip.
And don’t try to ask a grape to braid your hair. It gets awkward FAST.
Seared Pork with Roasted Grapes:
What it took for 4 servings
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 boneless, skinless pork chops
2 – 3 cups seedless red grapes, pulled from the stems
2 sprigs thyme
2 Tbsp fresh oregano
coarse salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 400. Arrange the grapes on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with a Tbs. or two of oil. Sprinkle thyme sprigs over the grapes, along with a small pinch of salt. Roast the grapes for 20 minutes, or until they’re slightly wilted and bursting.
- In the meantime, heat the remaining oil in a cast iron (or regular non-stick) skillet over medium-high. Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper and sear for 4-5 minutes per side. They’re pretty thin, so they won’t need too long.
- Arrange the pork on a serving plate; sprinkle the roasted grapes over the pork and drizzle with any remaining grape juice. Hahaha, grape juice! Roasted grape juice. Never mind.
- Garnish with fresh oregano and serve with crusty bread and a nice green salad!
I can assure you, that meat is tinged pink from the grape sauce! I’m not trying to kill you.
Or am I . . .