Weeknight Pork & Tomato Saute with Balsamic Basil Sauce










by NICHOLAS AMMATURO on August 12th, 2015

It’s only been FOUR years since I last blogged. I have been so into Instragram that I forgot to share the recipes, in addition I miss blabbing on about food! So I am BACK.

There is nothing I enjoy more than coming home from work and cooking for the house. Sometimes it’s nice to order in or go out, but then I wouldn’t be able to de-stress after the day. Cooking is cathartic to me. I was smart this week and planned all my meals – very rare. I am so used to selecting my nightly menu on the train ride home from NYC and then going straight to the grocery store – sometimes without a list and picking what looks good. I was super motivated this week and shopped for (3) meals – figure I could get several dinners and lunches.

I have every cooking app possible on my phone and when I am on the train, I go through them searching for recipes and ideas. I found this one on “Cooking Light” – which is one of my favorite apps, but I wish it had more updates. I still have plenty more to cook my way through, but I often get deja vu.

This one is a keeper though, so quick, cheap and delicious. I am shocked every time how easy it is and how flavorful it is. Enjoy


4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) bone-in center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed (about 1/2 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cups grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chops evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, shallots, vinegar, and garlic to pan; saute 1 minute, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Combine tomatoes, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl; toss gently to coat. Add tomato mixture to pan; cook 2 minutes or until tomatoes begin to soften. Sprinkle with basil. Serve tomato mixture with pork.

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