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Pork Chops with Cumin and Orange

Notes: Accompany with thinly sliced cucumbers dressed with seasoned rice vinegar and chopped fresh mint.

Sunset JANUARY 2001

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 4 center-cut loin pork chops (each about 3/4 in. thick and 6 oz.)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse-ground pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 1/3 cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups couscous
  • 1 orange (1/2 lb.)


1. Trim and discard fat from chops; wipe chops with a damp towel. Press cumin seed and pepper equally onto both sides of chops. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Place each chop between sheets of plastic wrap; with a flat mallet or rolling pin, gently pound meat to 1/4 inch thick, pounding as close to the bone as possible.

2. In a 2- to 3-quart pan over high heat, bring 2 cups broth to a boil. Stir in couscous, cover tightly, and remove from heat; let stand until broth is absorbed and couscous is tender to bite, about 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, set a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, add chops, without crowding, in a single layer, and turn as needed to brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. As chops are cooked, transfer to a rimmed plate.

4. Meanwhile, rinse orange; cut in half lengthwise, then cut 1 half crosswise into thin slices, discarding seeds. Cut remaining orange half into 4 wedges.

5. Return all chops and any accumulated juices to pan. Add sliced orange and 1/3 cup broth; cover and simmer over low heat until meat is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), about 4 minutes.

6. Spoon couscous equally onto plates. Arrange chops and orange slices alongside; drizzle pan juices evenly over meat. Accompany with orange wedges to squeeze over pork. Add salt to taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 448
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 58g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 142mg
  • Cholesterol: 72mg

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