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.
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
Est. added sugars 0
How to Make It
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.
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.
Add remaining 1/4 cup stock to pan; cook 1 minute. Discard thyme sprigs. Serve sauce with pork and couscous.