Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pork Chops Saltimbocca

Pork Chops Saltimbocca

This recipe has four of my favorite ingredients: pork chops, prosciutto , spinach and provolone.  With these key ingredients you can't go wrong. This is almost a meal in itself . Maybe you could add a salad or some bread. Whatever you choose to accompany it I' m sure you will enjoy it as much as Olivia and her husband did.


Pork Chops Saltimbocca
Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

Prep Time:20 minInactive Prep Time: -- Cook Time:20 min
4 servings

4 7-to-8-ounce boneless center-cut pork chops (about 3/4 inch thick)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 large sage leaves
8 thin slices prosciutto
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 slices provolone cheese (about 3 1/2 ounces)
1 pound baby spinach
Juice of 1 lemon, plus wedges for serving
1 large shallot, finely chopped, or 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Top each chop with a sage leaf, then wrap in 2 slices prosciutto.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops, sage-side down, and cook, turning once, until the prosciutto is crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet, reserving the skillet, and roast until a thermometer inserted sideways into the center of a chop registers 145 degrees F, about 8 minutes. Top each with a slice of provolone; return to the oven until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the spinach in a microwave-safe bowl; add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until wilted, 3 minutes; drain. Drizzle with half of the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Heat the reserved skillet over medium heat; add the shallot and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the broth and simmer until reduced by half. Stir in the remaining lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Divide the pork among plates; drizzle with the shallot sauce. Serve with the spinach and lemon wedges.

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