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Orange-Glazed Pork Chops, Roasted Vegetable Medley and Almond Rice Pilaf

Orange-Glazed Pork Chops, Roasted Vegetable Medley and Almond Rice Pilaf


For the Roasted Vegetable Medley:

  • 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets

  • 1 small bunch broccolini, cut into 2-inch pieces and florets

  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on bias

  • About 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Juice of 1 lemon

For the Almond Rice Pilaf:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

  • 1/4 cup spaghetti broken into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup long grain rice

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops, about 1 1/4-inches thick

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire

  • 1/4 cup good quality orange marmalade


Heat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Dress the vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper, and arrange on the baking sheet. Roast veggies 18-20 minutes until tender and crispy at edges. Douse with lemon juice and transfer to serving bowl.

For the rice, melt butter in a saucepot over medium heat. Add nuts and spaghetti, and toast to golden. Add rice and stir a minute more; season with salt and pepper. Add stock, bring to a boil then stir and cover pan. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 15-18 minutes to tender. Remove pot from heat and fluff rice with fork.

Meanwhile, heat a large, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Add 1 turn of oil to the pan and brown chops on both sides, about 7-8 minutes turning occasionally; remove to a plate. Add another turn of the pan of olive oil along with the shallots, garlic and thyme. Stir 2 minutes, add stock and Worcestershire and whisk in marmalade. Cook to thicken, about 1 minute, then add chops back in and turn to coat them in the sauce. Simmer to thicken another minute or 2.

Serve chops and sauce with vegetables and rice alongside.