Pork Chops with Fennel and Carrots
Talk about a smart strategy: Cook tonight's dinner with an idea for the leftovers already in mind, and the next night is a no-brainer. Use leftovers for Pork Ragu with Pasta or Pork Quesadillas.
Everyday Food, November 2011
- Prep Time 45 minutes
- Total Time 55 minutes
- Serves 4
- 2 fennel bulbs (1 1/2 pounds), trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
- 1 pound carrots (about 10 medium), trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges, root end left intact
- 12 garlic cloves, peeled
- 5 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 6 bone-in pork loin chops (1 inch thick; 6 to 8 ounces each)
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss fennel, carrots, onion, and garlic with 3 tablespoons oregano and 4 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender and browned in spots, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons oregano. In batches, cook until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer 2 pork chops and 1 cup roasted vegetables to separate airtight containers; refrigerate, up to 3 days. Serve 4 pork chops with remaining vegetables and lemon wedges.
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