Pork Chop Santorini with Sweety Drop-Kalamata Butter
and cucumber salad
Prep & Cook Time:30-40 min.
Cook Within:6 days
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The island of Santorini off the coast of Greece is considered to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Take a look at the lime-washed homes built into its steep volcanic cliffs that drop off into the azure-colored Aegean Sea, and it's easy to see why. The natural beauty of the place serves as inspiration for this pork chop with bright, clean flavors that complement each other perfectly. Sweety Drop peppers are small sweet-hot peppers that pair beautifully with briny Kalamata olives for just the right touch of richness. Next to a fresh tomato-cucumber salad, this is a healthy meal that only tastes indulgent.
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Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Drain Sweety Drop peppers and mince. Mince two Kalamata olives and halve remaining olives. Trim cucumbers and cut on an angle into ¼” ovals. Peel and halve shallot. Slice thinly. Core Roma tomato and cut into ¼" rounds. Cut tomato rounds into half moons. Stem and mince oregano. Zest lemon, halve, and juice. Rinse pork chops, pat dry, and season on both sides with ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper.
Cook the Pork Chops
Heat a medium pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and pork chops to hot pan and cook 6-7 minutes on one side, or until deep brown. Flip chops and cook 3-5 more minutes, or until pork is browned and reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees. Remove to a plate and loosely cover with foil until plating.
Make the Butter
Combine softened butter, Sweety Drop peppers (to taste), minced Kalamata olives, 1 tsp. lemon zest, and half the oregano in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Form two disks and refrigerate until plating.
Make the Cucumber Salad
Combine 1 ½ Tbsp. lemon juice, honey, and 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a mixing bowl. Add halved olives, cucumbers, shallot (to taste), tomatoes, and ½ tsp. salt to bowl and toss to combine.
Plate the Dish
Arrange salad on plate and place pork chop next to salad. Top pork chop with Sweety Drop-Kalamata butter and garnish with remaining oregano and remaining lemon zest.
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