Seared Pork Chops with Spicy Roasted Pepper Sauce

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Rather than searing the chops in oil, extra-virgin olive oil is drizzled over the cooked chops just before serving for a boost of flavor. Though not ideal as a cooking fat due to its low smoke point, extra-virgin olive oil has a richer, more complex character than refined varieties. Serve this dish with steamed green beans.

Prep: 2 minutes; Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and 2 tablespoons sauce)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 194
  • Calories from fat: 41%
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 23.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 1.7g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 65mg
  • Iron: 0.8mg
  • Sodium: 443mg
  • Calcium: 27mg

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons 25%-less-sodium Montreal steak seasoning (such as McCormick Grill Mates)
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 cup bottled roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • 1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. 1. Sprinkle pork evenly with steak seasoning. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pork with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes. Turn pork over; cook 3 minutes.
  2. 2. While pork cooks, place bell peppers and next 3 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. When pork is done, remove pan from heat. Remove pork from pan; cover and keep warm.
  3. 3. Add bell pepper mixture to pan; return pan to medium heat. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often. Spoon 2 tablespoons sauce onto each of 4 serving plates. Top each with a pork chop; drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon oil.
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