Dinner Tonight: Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops with Pesto
Dinner Tonight: Thyme-Rubbed Pork Chops with Pesto might be just the main course you are searching for. This recipe serves 4. Watching your figure? This gluten free and primal recipe has 416 calories, 32g of protein, and 31g of fat per serving. If you have basil, leaves from 1 bunch thyme, juice of lemon, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes approximately 45 minutes.
In a mortar and pestle, mash together the thyme leaves, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 clove of garlic, and a several grinds of black pepper (alternatively, chop everything finely on a cutting board). Once pulped into a paste, add the lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and stir well. Rub the mixture onto the pork chops and let them rest for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, wipe out the mortar and mash the remaining 1/2 clove of garlic with a pinch of salt.
Add the basil leaves and continue pounding to make a paste (or pulse everything in a small food processor). Pound or pulse in the pine nuts and olive oil, adding more oil if necessary to create a loose paste. ,
Transfer the pesto to a small bowl and fold in the Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Preheat a ridged grill pan over medium heat, then add the pork chops. Cook until golden and caramelized on the outside and still juicy within.
Remove from the heat and allow to rest, then spoon the pesto over them and serve.
Recommended wine: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Riesling are great choices for Pork Chops. Chardonnay suits simple chops or chops in a butter or cream sauce, dry riesling complements sweet additions like honey mustard or apples, and pinot noir is a safe bet for pork dishes in general. The Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay with a 4.4 out of 5 star rating seems like a good match. It costs about 12 dollars per bottle.
Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche ChardonnayNozzole Le Bruniche is an elegant and distinctive expression of the Chardonnay variety, with a clean, fragrant bouquet of white and tropical fruits offset by slight nuances of toast. On the palate, it shows a superb balance of fruit ripeness underscored by a fresh acidity and structure of medium body, with an overall impression of delicate complexity. These are repeated in the clean, persistent finish, which ends on a subtle toasty note.