Portuguese Red Pork

Notes: Mild red peppers give this dish its color, and fresh jalapeños add a subtle level of heat.


Makes 4 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 496
Caloriesfromfat 44 %
Protein 57 g
Fat 24 g
Satfat 8.1 g
Carbohydrate 9.7 g
Fiber 1.3 g
Sodium 299 mg
Cholesterol 195 mg


6 fresh jalapeño chilies (4 to 6 oz. total), stemmed, seeded, deveined, and chopped
1 jar (about 8 oz.) peeled red peppers
3 pounds fat-trimmed pork shoulder chops (cut about 1in. thick)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion (about 6 oz.), finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup dry white wine
About 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Fresh-ground pepper


1. In a blender or food processor, smoothly purée jalapeños and red peppers.

2. Rinse pork and pat dry.

3. Place an 11- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan with an ovenproof handle over medium-high heat. Add oil, onion, and garlic and stir often until mixture is lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Pour onion mixture from pan.

4. Add pork chops to pan without crowding and brown evenly, turning once or twice, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Add onion and puréed jalapeño mixtures and wine; stir to blend.

5. Cover frying pan tightly (with lid or foil). Bake in a 375° oven until meat is very tender when pierced and pulls from bone easily, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover, stir, and bake until sauce is slightly thicker, about 10 minutes.

6. Transfer chops to a platter and pour sauce over them. Sprinkle with parsley; add salt and pepper to taste.

April 1998
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