Spanish Pork Chops and Rice

  • Updated: December 17, 2011 - 2:27 PM

SPANISH PORK CHOPS AND RICE

Serves 4.

Note: To keep the chop from curling while cooking, make two cuts across the narrow edge, one about 2 inches apart from the other. Don't substitute long-grain rice or precooked rice here; only instant rice will cook properly and be done at the same time the chorizo is ready. To toast the almonds, put them in a dry skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant, shaking occasionally to prevent burning. From "The Best Simple Recipes," by the editors of America's Test Kitchen.

• 4 bone-in rib or center-cut pork chops (8 to 10 oz. each), 3/4 to 1 in. thick, sides slit (see Note)

• Salt and pepper

• 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided

• 8 oz. chorizo sausage, cut into 1/4-in. pieces

• 1 onion, chopped fine

• 4 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained

• 11/2 c. instant white rice (see Note)

• 11/2 c. water

• 3/4 c. pimento-stuffed green olives, halved

• 1/2 c. slivered almonds, toasted (see Note)

Directions

Pat chops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook chops until well browned and meat registers 145 degrees, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to platter and tent with foil.

Add remaining oil to skillet and heat until just smoking. Add chorizo and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and cook until slightly darkened in color, about 3 minutes.

Stir in rice, water and any accumulated pork juices. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in olives and toasted almonds. Season with salt and pepper.

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