Port and Prune Pork Chops with Creamy Polenta and Roasted Carrots

Port and Prune Pork Chops with Creamy Polenta and Roasted Carrots
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Serves: 4
  • For the Carrots:
  • 10 carrots
  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp thyme
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • For the Pork Chops:
  • 4 pork chops
  • 8 prunes, chopped
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ onion
  • 2 Tsp olive oil
  • ¾ cup Port or a deep red wine
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ onion
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • For the Polenta:
  • 1.5 cups skim milk
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅕ cups Corn Meal
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbs butter
  1. For the Carrots: Preheat oven to 350. Clean and cut the carrots into thin strips, and mix in a bowl with the olive oil, thyme and salt. Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper, and bake for 30-40 minutes or until done.
  2. For the Pork Chops: Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel. In a bowl or on a plate pat each side of the pork chops with the brown sugar and the garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a skillet on high heat the olive oil, and put in the pork chops, roast each side for 3 minutes. Remove from pan and put the pork chops on a plate and cover with aluminum foil. In a bowl mix the port, balsamic vinegar, oregano and corn starch. In the pan cook the onion until almost translucent and then add the prunes and liquid that you have mixed up. Bring the mixture in the pan to a slow boil, the sauce will thicken and reduce in size. Remove the sauce from the pan, leaving about 3 tbs worth in the pan, add the pork chops back to the pan and let cook for about 2 minutes on each side, then serve with the sauce when done.
  3. For the Polenta: In a pot combine water, milk, polenta, and salt, bring to a boil and whisk as it cooks. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and continue to whisk it ever so often. After 20 minutes, when it has a pudding like consistency add the Parmesan cheese and butter, stir, let sit for another 3 minutes and then serve!

Every once in a while a make a fancy meal that really surprises me as to why I haven’t tried something like it before…this was one of those meals. It was fancy and oh so delicious!

 The meal ingredients

 The wonderful dinner on a plate

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