Made this when we had company, but used Italian breadcrumbs instead of Panko. We all loved it :) Our friend had never tasted collards, and this recipe was tasty, tangy/sweet. Will make it again. The pork chops are really easy & good.
Pesto-Crusted Pork Chops with Sweet-and-Sour Collards
Photo: Howard Lee Puckett; Styling: Amy Burke
Yield: Makes 5 servings
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Total: 42 Minutes
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup hot water
- 6 (1-inch-thick) boneless pork chops (about 2 lb.)
- 1 (7-oz.) container reduced-fat pesto, divided
- 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 (16-oz.) package frozen chopped collard greens
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1. Stir together first 2 ingredients. Let stand 12 to 15 minutes; drain.
- 2. Coat pork chops with half of pesto; dredge in panko, pressing gently to adhere. Cook in 1/4 cup hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 6 to 7 minutes on each side or until done.
- 3. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. olive oil in skillet; add onion and garlic, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Add collards, and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Stir together vinegar and next 3 ingredients; add to collards, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in raisins and pine nuts.
- 4. Serve pork chops with collards and remaining pesto.
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