Skillet Roasted Pork Loin Chops, Green Beans, and Red Pepper (Serves 1-2)
The green beans are growing nicely at Cherith Farms down the road from my house. I celebrated my first batch of the season by roasting them with a pork loin chop and some red bell pepper. I added to my usual formula of dusting the vegetables with salt, garlic powder, and red chili powder by splashing them with raspberry balsamic vinegar once they were the skillet. I don’t know why I did it, but the resulting taste was strangely inviting. I ate everything in one sitting (and that was a lot of green beans). The raspberry sweetness complimented the pork especially well. Raspberry balsamic vinegar is sweet, so adding it sparingly is best.
Prep and Cook Time: 40-45 minutes
1 pork loin chop (bone-in)
1 batch of fresh green beans
1/2 of a big red bell pepper
Raspberry balsamic vinegar
Red chili powder
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse green beans and snap into bite-size pieces. Cut a red bell pepper and half. Save half and cut half into bite-size pieces. Pile veggies in a bowl and season with a dusting of salt, garlic powder, and red chili powder. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a cast iron skillet over high heat. Season pork loin chops on both sides with salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add pork loin chops to hot skillet and brown one side 4 minutes and then turn so the other side can brown 4 minutes. Add veggies to the skillet and arrange around the pork loin chops while the second side is browning. Splash a little raspberry balsamic vinegar on the green beans. Place lid on skillet and move to the oven. Let everything roast together for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. When done, pull from the oven and transfer to plates. Enjoy!
Note: My cast iron skillet is a 12-inch Lodge Logic with matching iron cover. A cast iron skillet might be the greatest cooking tool ever. The 12-inch size is seriously heavy when loaded with food and big enough to cook for a family, but I don’t think I could get enough vegetables in a 10-inch skillet to satisfy me. Lodge is a great brand of cookware. Check it out in my online Store.
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