Lemon-Caper Pork with Mashed Potatoes & Kale

Lemon-Caper Pork

with Mashed Potatoes & Kale

45 MIN
2 Servings
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    In this dish, you’ll make a delightfully rich pan sauce of shallot and capers cooked in savory demi-glace and lemon juice—perfect for spooning over warm pork and mashed potatoes.
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    Lemon-Caper Pork with Mashed Potatoes & Kale
    Title
    • 2 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
    • 1 Lemon
    • 6 oz Kale
    • ¾ lb Potatoes
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1 oz Salted Butter
    • 1 Shallot
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • 2½ Tbsps Chicken Demi-Glace
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the mascarpone and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the kale
    3 Cook the kale

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook & slice the pork
    4 Cook & slice the pork

    Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Once rested, slice the cooked pork crosswise. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and capers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the lemon juice (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until most of the liquid has cooked off. Add the demi-glace (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat; stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and cooked kale. Top the pork and potatoes with the pan sauce. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Medium dice the potatoes. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Separate the kale leaves from the stems; discard the stems, then roughly chop the leaves. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds.

    2 Cook & mash the potatoes

    Add the diced potatoes to the pot of boiling water and cook 16 to 18 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Add the mascarpone and a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or potato masher, mash to your desired consistency. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook & mash the potatoes
    Cook the kale
    3 Cook the kale

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped kale; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly wilted. Add the chopped garlic and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Add 1/4 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the kale is wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook & slice the pork

    Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium (the center may still be slightly pink), or until cooked to your desired degree of doneness.* Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes. Once rested, slice the cooked pork crosswise. 

    *The USDA recommends a minimum safe cooking temperature of 145°F for pork.

    Cook & slice the pork
    Make the pan sauce & serve your dish
    5 Make the pan sauce & serve your dish

    In the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped shallot and capers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the lemon juice (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently and scraping up any fond, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until most of the liquid has cooked off. Add the demi-glace (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and 1/4 cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until the liquid is slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat; stir in the butter until melted and combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the sliced pork with the mashed potatoes and cooked kale. Top the pork and potatoes with the pan sauce. Enjoy!

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