Pork Chops and Couscous with Tomato-Caper Sauce

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Pork Chops and Couscous with Tomato-Caper SauceRecipe

Photo: Victor Protasio; Styling: Paige Hicks

This dish easily works with chicken if you don't have pork on hand. Toasting the turmeric in oil is a simple way to develop savory depth--try this technique with any spices you're cooking with. Couscous makes for a quick, versatile side dish that easily adopts different flavor profiles. Israeli couscous has more of a bite to it and can also be served chilled for picnics and to-go lunches. The tomato-caper sauce pairs well with other proteins beyond pork and poultry such as sole or shrimp simply cooked with garlic and butter. 


Serves 4 (serving size: 1 pork chop, 1/2 cup couscous, and about 3 tbsp. sauce)


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2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 3/4 cups unsalted chicken stock, divided
1 cup uncooked whole-wheat Israeli couscous
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
5 teaspoons unsalted butter
4 (4-oz.) boneless, center-cut pork chops
1/4 cup sliced shallots
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 thyme sprigs
3/4 cup chopped ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons drained capers


Total: 20 Minutes

1. Heat oil and turmeric in a medium saucepan over medium-high for 2 minutes or until turmeric begins to bubble. Add 1 1/2 cups stock, couscous, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in parsley.

2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle pork with remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add pork, shallots, garlic, and thyme to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn pork; add tomatoes, wine, and capers. Cook 2 minutes.Place pork on a plate.

3. Add remaining 1/4 cup stock to pan; cook 1 minute. Discard thyme sprigs. Serve sauce with pork and couscous.

Created date

July 2016

Nutritional Information

Calories 455
Fat 18.3 g
Satfat 5.8 g
Monofat 8.8 g
Polyfat 1.5 g
Protein 31 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 79 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 626 mg
Calcium 67 mg
Est. Added Sugars 0
Sugars 3