Pork Chops with Golden Purslane and Fresh Tomato Sauce
A common weed in many a gardener's backyard bed, wild purslane is perfectly edible—even delicious, in fact. Its juicy little leaves have a citrusy, sometimes peppery zip. Cultivated golden purslane is much milder than the tangy wild weed; you can use wild instead of golden with no problem, but you may not need any lemon (add it at the end, after tasting).
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- Calories: 405
- Calories from fat: 48%
- Protein: 30g
- Fat: 22g
- Saturated fat: 3.5g
- Carbohydrate: 25g
- Fiber: 6.7g
- Sodium: 482mg
- Cholesterol: 62mg
- 2 tablespoons safflower or canola oil
- 2 pork rib chops (1 in. thick)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- About 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 white onion, chopped
- 1 to 2 serrano chiles, chopped
- 1 1/2 pounds ripe red tomatoes (about 2 large), chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
- 3 cups golden purslane leaves and tender stems, divided
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- About 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1. Heat oil in a large (not nonstick) frying pan over medium-high heat. Season pork chops on both sides with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper and brown on both sides, 5 minutes total. Transfer chops to a plate.
- 2. Add onion and chiles to pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook, covered, until onion softens, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, and oregano and cook 5 minutes more, covered.
- 3. Nestle pork chops into tomatoes and onion and add 1 1/2 cups purslane. Cover and cook 7 minutes, stir in remaining purslane, and cook just until slightly wilted, about 3 minutes more. Stir in lemon zest, juice, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper to taste.
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