Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
28 Mins
Total Time
28 Mins
Serves 4

Here is a stunning "restaurant dish" (that's actually a full meal) you can whip up in your own kitchen. While it contains a cornucopia of ingredients, stealth techniques make it radically simple and radically delicious. Use genuine Dijon mustard from France for the best flavor. The pistachios can be ground in a spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mini food processor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, pistachios, and next 5 ingredients (through mustard) in a small bowl. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and 1/8 teaspoon salt, stirring with a whisk.

Step 2

Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and couscous. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Step 3

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Rub pork with remaining 1 teaspoon garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil and tomatoes to pan; cook 5 minutes or until skins blister, shaking pan occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir tomatoes and parsley into couscous; divide couscous mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 pork chop and about 2 tablespoons vinaigrette.

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Ratings & Reviews

brooketrout's Review

July 24, 2013

Chicagokiter76's Review

November 11, 2012
Super delicious and actually pretty easy to make. The sauce is indeed super tasty and really makes this disk pop. I'll definitely be making this again in the future!

IoneTaylor's Review

August 05, 2012
I was skeptical of drizzling vinaigrette on a pork chop, but the dish was delicious and came together easily. I finely chopped the pistachios instead of grinding them, and I don't think the texture was objectionable. I used fig balsamic vinegar, and it seemed to complement the maple syrup flavor.

szeolaRD's Review

July 21, 2012

lmbaker320's Review

July 16, 2012

brounsh's Review

July 15, 2012
Was easy to make and very tastey

tata4now's Review

July 07, 2012
The vinaigrette is a keeper, though next time I will use roasted garlic as the fresh from the farmer's market bulbs were a bit harsh for the rest of the ingredients. Used the vinagrette over grilled asparagus as a first course.

Gordon17's Review

June 14, 2012

wonderwab's Review

June 03, 2012
I liked the entire recipe, but I especially liked the pistachio-lemon vinaigrette! I've actually made it on its own three more times to use as salad dressing- so very good.

jojodavisvh's Review

May 18, 2012
My husband and I made this recipe twice ,and it was awesome! We followed the full recipe the first time, except we served it with quinoa instead of couscous..We loved it so much, we ended up making it again the following week. Regrettably i didnt have tomatoes the second time, so we substitued grilled zucchini,and it tasted just as great.. Also, the second time we made it, I served it over arugula.. Delic!