4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 3/4 cup couscous)
Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup coarsely chopped pitted cherries
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/3 cup dry-roasted almonds, chopped
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over both sides of pork, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let pork stand for 5 minutes.
Place couscous in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, cherries, and remaining ingredients. Serve with pork.
Yum, yum. I really enjoyed the couscous variation. I only used 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in it too. I would serve that side with other meats, it is so good. It isn't the time of year for cherries, so I used some dried cherries that I reconstituted with some boiling water first and they worked well. Quick and easy enough for a weeknight yet elegant enough to serve for guests too. We had it with some steamed green beans tonight.
The total of the ingredients necessary from Coborns Delivers is 31.71. Sure, Coborns is a little more expensive than regular grocery stores, but not 3 times as expensive! This does not seem like a budget meal.
The couscous is the real show stopper!
My alteration:With the leftover cherries, pit and halve them before placing them on the pork chops so the juice seeps into them while they cook. They taste divine!
This was really good!. Super easy and fast. Great summer meal when cherries are in season so they are on sale. I used sliced almonds and added only 1 tablespoon of meyer lemon EVOO to the couscous. No lemon juice, just some rind. My 4 year old even liked it!