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Wine Pairing with Cumin-Roasted Pork Chops

What’s for dinner? It is a question I have asked myself daily for the past 400 days. Yes, I have cooked every meal since mid-March 2020 at home. No restaurants, no take-out, nothing. But, if you know me, you know I rather enjoyed it, especially these cumin-roasted pork chops. In the spirit of transparency, Markipedia did cook a few meals along the way, and it was really appreciated on busy workdays. Read more about that here.

As you know from Susan’s spring (2021) articles (“A Perfect Storm Hits the Southern Rhône Valley” and “Fear and Angst in the Vines in Provence”), the South of France — and the entire country of France — was really hit hard by frosts. In these two regions, one night of sub-freezing temperatures severely affected the vines, which will affect this year’s harvest. Today, to show support of vintners from the Southern Rhône Valley, I am pairing my meal with a Côtes du Rhône from Domaine Guy Mousset. It wasn’t a perfect wine pairing, but both the food and wine were delicious.

cumin roasted pork chops

Cumin-Roasted Pork Chops

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Pork chops are a simple homestyle dish that's filling, delicious, and definitely one way to impress! Cumin gives these 'chops a certain "je ne sais quoi" that pairs perfectly with roasted coloured veggies!
Prep Time 12 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine French
Servings 2 hearty portions

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 tbsp Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper more as needed
  • ¼ tsp Crushed Red-Pepper Flakes or to taste
  • 1 small Shallot grated
  • 2 Bone-in Pork Chops about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 3 large Carrots
  • 1/2 lb Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/2 lb Broccolini

Instructions
 

Pork Chops

  • In the morning, combine brown sugar, salt, cumin seeds, ground cumin, black pepper, red pepper flakes, and grated shallot in a small bowl until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Smear mixture all over pork, place the chops on a plate, cover, and refrigerate for 8 - 12 hours. Bring them to room temperature about 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Heat oven to 450°F. Place the pork on a rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven. Roast pork chops for 15 minutes, then flip them and continue roasting until the pork is cooked through about 5 to 10 minutes more. Let pork rest 5 minutes before serving.

Roasted Veggies:

  • Quarter the carrots lengthwise, halve the brussels sprouts, and leave the broccolini as-is. Toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and add them to the roasting pan from the beginning. When you flip the pork chops, stir the vegetables.
  • Remove the veggies from the oven just before serving the pork. Plate the meat and vegetables and enjoy!
Keyword Cumin, Pork, Pork Chops, Roasted Vegetables
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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