Oregano Pork Chops & Fresh Tomato Pan Sauce with Farro & Zucchini

Oregano Pork Chops & Fresh Tomato Pan Sauce

with Farro & Zucchini

35 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

To top oregano-spiced pork chops, we’re making a vibrant pan sauce with briny capers and fresh tomatoes, which we crush with a spoon as they cook to release their sweet natural juices. It’s perfect for serving atop a hearty bed of farro and sautéed zucchini, finished with a touch of smooth crème fraîche and parmesan cheese.
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Oregano Pork Chops & Fresh Tomato Pan Sauce with Farro & Zucchini
Title
  • 2 Boneless, Center-Cut Pork Chops
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
  • ½ cup Semi-Pearled Farro
  • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 1 tsp Whole Dried Oregano
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
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. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve the tomatoes. Roughly chop the capers.

Cook the farro
2 Cook the farro

Add the farro to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the zucchini
3 Cook the zucchini

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the pork
4 Cook the pork

Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and half the oregano. In the same pan, heat a drizzle 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 browned and 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. 

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

Make the sauce
5 Make the sauce

While the pork rests, in the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and pressing on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped capers and remaining oregano. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the farro & serve your dish
6 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the cooked zucchini, crème fraîche, and half the cheese. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the finished farro topped with the sliced pork and sauce. Garnish with the remaining cheese. Enjoy! 

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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. Halve the zucchini lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve the tomatoes. Roughly chop the capers.

2 Cook the farro

Add the farro to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Cook the farro
Cook the zucchini
3 Cook the zucchini

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced zucchini in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the pork

Pat the pork dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and half the oregano. In the same pan, heat a drizzle 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 browned and 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. 

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

Cook the pork
Make the sauce
5 Make the sauce

While the pork rests, in the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the halved tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and pressing on the tomatoes with the back of a spoon, 1 to 2 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the chopped capers and remaining oregano. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly and scraping up any fond, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

6 Finish the farro & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked farro, add the cooked zucchini, crème fraîche, and half the cheese. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Slice the rested pork crosswise. Serve the finished farro topped with the sliced pork and sauce. Garnish with the remaining cheese. Enjoy! 

Finish the farro & serve your dish
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