This is the result of my attempt to re-create a dinner that I never got to eat.
It takes a lot to distract me from my food, especially if Iâ€™ve ordered it in a super-fancy restaurant. We were in New York on seriousÂ businessÂ – Jon was interviewing for a job and I was shopping.
Now I remember ordering pork and lemon, and I think there was something creamy on the plate when it arrived, and I know that I had a side of spinach with nutmeg though I don’t remember actually eating it. It was Jon’s fault. He had decided that after 7 years of dating it was probably not a terrible idea for us to get married and being thus decided, couldn’t wait until after dinner to run it by me. Of course I was so busy smiling that I somehow didnâ€™t manage to eat, and I didnâ€™t know about packaging up food to go back then, so that dinner was lost to history.
Ingredients1 boneless pork chop per person 1 lemon – juiced Â½ cup of cream Knob of butter and a splash of olive oil Salt and pepper
- If the pork chops are thicker than a knuckle â€“ about half an inch, put them in a zip lock bag and smash them with a pan / rolling pin / hammer until about 1 cm thick.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Heat up the frying pan and add a splash of olive oil and a knob of butter (a scant tbsp and a generous tsp respectively) The butter gives great flavor, the oil stops the butter burning
- Cook for five minutes per side
- Move the meat to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm
- Pour the lemon juice into the pan and scrape off the bits into the bubbling liquid. Add the cream, allow it to bubble into a sauce, then take the pan off the heat
- Pour the sauce over the pork and serve
Do you want to make it fancier?
- Add a Â½ cup of pernod in with the lemon juice for a herbal hit
- Finish the dish with a handful of chopped parsley
- Dice a shallot and cook for a minute after taking out the meat and before pouring in the deglazing liquid
- Serve with a hunk of warmed ciabatta
- Or a bowl of boiled new potatoes
- Or over some tagliatelle
- And blanched asparagus or beans or peas spritzed with lemon juice
- Or some wilted baby spinach (in the plastic bag it came in in the microwave for a minute)