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BBQ Pork Chops with Sauce Verte a Summer Recipe

The latest dish from the Mirabeau Kitchen is pork chops with Ben’s signature adaptation of a ‘sauce verte’. This is a simple recipe, that works nicely for a Summer BBQ. Even better, you can make the sauce the day before to save time, and if you have any leftover sauce verte, you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of weeks, to use on any other grilled meat or fish.

“I suggest trying this pork dish with a glass of Mirabeau Classic, like our Classic pairs really nicely with aromatic or flavoursome foods. With its raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant aromas, Classic is structured enough to stand up to this dish.” ~ Ben @Mirabeau Kitchen

Pork Chops with Sauce Verte

BBQ Pork Chops with Sauce Verte

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The sauce is a cross between the Argentinian chimichurri and an Italian ‘salsa verde’. Ben’s version is hand-chopped, so has lots of texture and isn’t too liquid or smooth. This recipe is for a big batch of sauce verte – as it’s a great sauce with all barbecued food!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Passive Time 8 hrs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Pork Chops free-range or organic *
  • 1 bunch Asparagus with the bottoms, snapped off

Ingredients – Marinade:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves sliced
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 sprig Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Black Pepper to season

Ingredients – Spicy Sauce Verte:

  • 1 big bunch Parsley roughly chopped
  • 1 big handful Basil roughly chopped
  • 1 big handful Coriander roughly chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves crushed
  • 1 Shallot finely chopped
  • 20 g Dijon Mustard or 10g English mustard
  • 8-10 Anchovies roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp Capers roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp Pickled Gherkins pickles, cornichons, roughly chopped
  • 30 ml Cider Vinegar
  • 30 ml Red Wine Vinegar **
  • 80 ml Extra Virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the ingredients for the sauce verte together in a big bowl. Season, and put in the fridge. This can be done the day before you require it
  • Bring a big pan of salted water to the boil, blanch asparagus for 10-20 seconds, then plunge into iced water
  • Marinate the pork chops and leave in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight if possible
  • Take the pork out of the fridge 40-60 minutes before you want to cook it. Season generously with salt and cook over high heat on the BBQ. Alternatively, you can cook it on high heat in a frying pan – remove any bits of marinade that may burn (garlic, rosemary etc.)
  • After a couple of minutes on the first side, look at the colour of the meat to see if they’re ready for turning – the meat should be a light golden brown. When the colour is even on both sides, take them off the heat and rest for five minutes
  • Char the asparagus on the BBQ or in a frying pan
  • Place pork chops on a bed of asparagus on a sharing plate, and drizzle with sauce verte

Notes

* Ideally, rib chops that come from the middle part of the loin. Ask the butcher for ‘French-trimmed’ if you’d like the bone exposed and visible as we did
** You can play around with which vinegar to use depending on what you have in your cupboard but steer clear of balsamic vinegar.
Keyword Anchovies, Asparagus, Parsley, Pork, Sauce Verte
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