Active Time
45 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 45 MIN
Yield
Serves : 4
© Marie Hennechart

How to Make It

Step 1    

Using your fingers, strip off the leaves from the bottom 4 inches of the rosemary branches and finely chop enough leaves to make 2 tablespoons. In a large, shallow dish, mix the chopped rosemary with the minced garlic and 1/4 cup of the olive oil. Season the pork chops with salt and black pepper, add them to the rosemary marinade and turn to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Step 2    

Wrap 2 slices of the lardo around the edge of each pork chop and secure with a toothpick. On the side opposite the toothpick, skewer each of the chops with 2 stripped rosemary branches.

Step 3    

In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the pork chops and cook over moderately high heat until richly browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn the chops and cook over moderate heat until browned on the second side and just cooked through, about 4 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to a platter and keep warm.

Step 4    

Pour off the fat in the skillet and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the crushed garlic and cook over moderately high heat until golden brown, about 1 minute. Add the wine and boil over high heat, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until reduced to 2 tablespoons. Add the chicken broth, grated lemon zest and crushed red pepper and boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat. Discard the crushed garlic and stir in the brined green peppercorns. Season with salt and black pepper. Remove the toothpicks from the pork. Spoon the sauce over the chops and serve.

Notes

Lardo is available at Italian markets and specialty-food shops.

Suggested Pairing

Though Umbria is known for local grape varieties, such as Grechetto, it's also a good source for affordable, juicy Merlot. Merlots from central or northern Italy have a lightly peppery finish that makes them a natural match for this pork dish.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 444

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Nicolle White

Review Body: Paired this with a pea and bacon risotto. Green peppercorns were hard to find, but if you're going to find them in a store, they're by the capers. Also I had no interest in finding lardo, and used bacon instead. The lesson I learned was to cook the bacon separately and just enough so that it's pliable...THEN wrap it up. 

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-08-20