Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield
4 servings

Apples, mushrooms, and Swiss chard make a nice contrast to the wild rice's crunchy texture.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare pork, place chops in a shallow dish; drizzle evenly with Worcestershire. Combine salt, sage, and black pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 3/4 teaspoon salt mixture. Add walnuts to remaining salt mixture; toss well. Press walnut mixture onto both sides of pork chops. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Step 2

Cook bacon slice in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add pork chops to drippings in pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 6 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan.

Step 3

To prepare rice, heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and next 3 ingredients (through garlic) to pan; cover and cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in reserved 3/4 teaspoon salt mixture, chard, mushrooms, and apple. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until carrot is tender. Stir in rice and 1/2 cup broth. Bring to a simmer; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in bacon. Place 1 cup rice mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 1 pork chop. Drizzle each serving with pan drippings, and sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon parsley.

Ratings & Reviews

Family Favorite

LightestFan
September 03, 2015
This recipe is definitely worth the effort! So many flavors that work well together! I didn't have walnuts in the pantry, so I used almond meal instead, and it turned out just as well as when I used walnuts previously. I also had a hard time finding swiss chard, so I used spinach, which also worked well. Both good substitutions that don't seem to have a huge impact on the final product. My family devoured this meal!

j2haynes's Review

jazzwood
June 24, 2013
Great flavor! I did not use bacon, olive oil and butter instead. I added a little flour to the walnuts and some fresh oregano. I added the chicken broth to the pan let it cook down and then added some more did this three times, the pork chops were tender. The breading was delicious.

MarvaDeVault's Review

daneanp
December 15, 2012
this is now one of my "go to" recipes for the Fall and Winter. It is a perfect mix of savory, crunchy, moist. I used less broth to reduce the potential of making mush out of the walnut coating. Also added some red pepper flakes to the veggie mixture to add some pizazz to the flavor.

jmeleeS's Review

BiteSize
January 04, 2012
Just "Okay" - this recipe has tons of potential; lots of great flavors that should all add up to a stellar recipe. Instead, I found the walnuts (like other reviewers posted) did not really exhibit much flavor and the crust which I browned beautifully turned to mush in the chicken broth bath. That said, the pork was incredibly moist and the "rice" (I actually used quick cook barley to cut down on prep time) was really flavorful. I wasn't crazy about the flavors of the pork chop with the flavors in the rice though - they didn't quite go together for me. Something about the spice of the rice seemed to conflict with the delicacy of the walnut-crusted pork. I think it has a lot of potential to be fantastic, but as written, some significant tweaking would be needed for me to make this recipe again starting with the pork to get a crunchy crust.

RBN1122's Review

jmeleeS
July 01, 2010
The crust on the pork was bland. When I added the broth, the crust became mushy and fell apart. I agree with the other reviewers that I didnt really taste walnut. Maybe I will try this with coarsely chopped walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg? I didnt make the rice to go with it.

tigertoby's Review

j2haynes
January 26, 2010
Restaurant quality meal! Absolutely delicious blend of flavors and very moist pork chops! I will definitely serve for guests. Easy to chop rice ingredients ahead of time. Pork chops very quick to make.

BiteSize's Review

tigertoby
October 30, 2009
I LOVE this pork. I did not make the rice though. I just cooked the pork using olive oil at first (not bacon) and I probablly use more topping than it calls for, but it is really good. It has a surprisingly creamy texture on your tongue.

RuthMG's Review

MarvaDeVault
September 08, 2009
I made this recipe and followed the instructions perfectly. I still found the recipe to be really bland. I was surprised that the walnuts didn't add much flavor at all and it was hard to taste the sage. I wouldn't make the pork chop portion of this recipe again.

Lacooking's Review

RuthMG
January 12, 2009
This was the most bland tasteless meal I have ever made. I would NEVER make again. The crushed walnuts do not make a good crust and much more seasoning is needed. The 1/4 cup chicken broth made a tasteless useless "gravy" and not enough to amount to anything.

jazzwood's Review

RBN1122
November 18, 2008
It was a real hit. I doubled the recipe and prepared the pork chops an hour before guests arrived and held in a warming oven. For rice I had all the ingredients ready and prepared just before guests arrived. Everyone served themselves to rice, meat, and drippings. Nothing was left as many went back for seconds of rice and drippings.