In-season, sweet red cherries are a bountiful bargain, and they lend a wonderfully fresh, fruity element that pairs well with pork.
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut pork chops
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup uncooked couscous
3/4 cup boiling water
1 cup coarsely chopped pitted cherries
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1/3 cup dry-roasted almonds, chopped
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
How to Make It
Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil evenly over both sides of pork, and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Place pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray, and grill 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let pork stand for 5 minutes.
Place couscous in a large bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff with a fork. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, cherries, and remaining ingredients. Serve with pork.
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Followed recipe except used slivered almonds, because that's what we had on hand. Four stars for the couscous, though predictably ours turned out pretty pink instead of the "clean" combo shown in the photo. Served with asparagus. Gorgeous presentation, excellent supper.
The couscous was fabulous. I made it exactly according to the recipe, except that I used whole wheat couscous to bump up the fiber. In my opinion, the number of servings should be 6, not 4. It's pretty filling.
This was really good!. Super easy and fast. Great summer meal when cherries are in season so they are on sale. I used sliced almonds and added only 1 tablespoon of meyer lemon EVOO to the couscous. No lemon juice, just some rind. My 4 year old even liked it!
I had family and friends over for dinner and I tried this recipe out and they raved about the cherry couscous! The combination of flavors was fabulous! The pork chops were delicious too! I used the slivered oven roasted almonds that are for salads because I already had them on hand.
The total of the ingredients necessary from Coborns Delivers is 31.71. Sure, Coborns is a little more expensive than regular grocery stores, but not 3 times as expensive! This does not seem like a budget meal.