Pork Chops & Garlic Picada with Brown Rice & Spinach

Pork Chops & Garlic Picada

with Brown Rice & Spinach

50 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

In the Catalan and Valencian cuisines of Spain, picada is a type of sauce (or sauce thickener) traditionally made with simple ingredients like bread, a bit of liquid and whatever flavorful extras you’d like. Here, we're making a dry picada with toasted breadcrumbs, fresh garlic and smoked paprika, topping off our pork chops and spinach with delicious crunch. A smoky, tangy yogurt sauce on the side stands up to the dish's robust flavors.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    710 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:
1 Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the cilantro leaves and stems. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cilantro, half the paprika and half the vinegar. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the rice:
2 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the white bottoms of the scallions and half the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 32 to 35 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Make the garlic picada:
3 Make the garlic picada:

Once the rice has cooked for about 10 minutes, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly golden and fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl; season with salt, pepper and as much of the remaining paprika as you'd like. Wipe out the pan.

Cook the pork chops:
4 Cook the pork chops:

While the rice continues to cook, pat the pork chops dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

Cook the spinach:
5 Cook the spinach:

While the pork chops rest, add the spinach to the pan of reserved fond; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Add the remaining vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vinegar has cooked off. Turn off the heat an d season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve your dish:
6 Serve your dish:

Transfer the cooked rice to a serving dish. Top with the cooked spinach and rested pork chops. Garnish with the garlic picada and green tops of the scallions. Serve with the yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients & make the yogurt sauce:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Peel and mince the garlic. Finely chop the cilantro leaves and stems. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cilantro, half the paprika and half the vinegar. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 Cook the rice:

In a small pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the white bottoms of the scallions and half the garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the rice, a big pinch of salt and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook 32 to 35 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff the cooked rice with a fork.

Cook the rice:
Make the garlic picada:
3 Make the garlic picada:

Once the rice has cooked for about 10 minutes, in a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the remaining garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until lightly golden and fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs and toast, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to a bowl; season with salt, pepper and as much of the remaining paprika as you'd like. Wipe out the pan.

4 Cook the pork chops:

While the rice continues to cook, pat the pork chops dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork chops and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes.

Cook the pork chops:
Cook the spinach:
5 Cook the spinach:

While the pork chops rest, add the spinach to the pan of reserved fond; season with salt and pepper. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.) Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until wilted. Add the remaining vinegar and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the vinegar has cooked off. Turn off the heat an d season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Serve your dish:

Transfer the cooked rice to a serving dish. Top with the cooked spinach and rested pork chops. Garnish with the garlic picada and green tops of the scallions. Serve with the yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Serve your dish:
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