A super new way to cook pork chops!
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Balmy Tomato Pork Chops Ingredients:
4 bone-in pork chops
1 tsp Italian seasoning, divided
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 cup peeled pearl onions
2 ¼ cups grape tomatoes
4 cloves sliced garlic,
2 TBSP chopped fresh basil or parsley
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
Dust both sides of pork chops with ½ tsp of the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
In a heavy non-stick pan heat 1 tsp of the olive oil over medium-high flame. Brown pork chops on both sides. Place in a large baking dish. Return skillet to medium-high flame and add remaining oil. Sauté and stir pearl onions for 2 minutes or until they begin to brown. Add tomatoes, garlic and remaining seasoning and cook for 2 additional minutes. Scrape into baking dish. Sprinkle vinegar over the top and bake at 425° oven for about 15 minutes or until just a bit of pink is visible in pork. Dust with basil before serving.
Yields 4 servings.
Great with a size of potatoes, try these delicious balmy tomato pork chops tonight!