Recipe: Couscous Salad with Eggplant and Feta
I love the flavors of eggplant, feta and fresh mint. This salad makes a delicious vegetarian meal, or consider serving it with grilled lamb and tomato kebobs. The bonus with this salad is it can be made up to 24 hours in advance.
1Yield: 4 pork chops
Time: 40 minutes
- 4 (1 1/2-inch) boneless center-cut pork chops
- 3/4 cup chicken stock or water
- 2 tablespoons dark beer, such as Michigan-crafted Dragon’s Milk (optional)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, Michigan-produced preferred
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons grape seed or canola oil
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, optional
- 2 apples, such as Jonathan or Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Prehat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Rinse pork chops and pat dry. Combine the stock, beer and maple syrup in a measuring cup or small bowl; set aside.
3. Season pork with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Put flour on a plate and dredge chops in flour; shake off the excess.
4. Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and when hot, set the chops in the pan. (Do not crowd chops; cook in batches if necessary.) Cook until one side is golden, 4-5 minutes. Turn the pieces and cook until the other sides are golden, an additional 3-4 minutes.
5. Remove chops from pan and remove sauté pan from heat. Arrange chops on foil-lined sheet pan; place on center rack of oven. Continue cooking chops until just cooked through, five to ten minutes, depending on thickness of chop.
6. While chops continue to cook, return sauté pan to medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to the pan and stir constantly until they begin to turn golden, about 20 seconds; deglaze pan with maple-beer mixture, scraping up any browned bits from bottom and sides of pan. Add sliced apples and gently boil until the sauce has reduced by about two-thirds, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, if using. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spoon sauce over chops. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon, if using, and serve.
This recipe was written by Peggy Lampman and originally posted on AnnArbor.com on Oct. 5, 2011.