Umbria is well-known for it is pork, and when we are in residence there, we do indeed seem to take pleasure in a fair number of pork dishes. This dish combines a lovely pork chop with the really addictive spicy pork/chile spread from Calabria known as Nduja. My husband’s roots are Calabrian and we both enjoy spice in our food. When we stumbled across nduja for the very first time at a multi regional marketplace in Umbria we both fell in adore with the taste. Nduja might be discovered sold fresh, stuffed in a sausage casing and sold like a substantial sausage which you open and scoop out or use to spread on anything you desire, or a lot more commonly in tiny jars which is what we utilised in this recipe. Though it is illegal to import meat items into the US, you will discover a couple of US organizations that now make their own nduja, including Boccalone.
The inspiration for this recipe came from two distinct sources. The first is Epicurious.com which has a lovely recipe for Pork Blade Steaks with nduja and honey which is served with an arugula salad, and my second source of inspiration was a dish I’ve enjoyed quite a few times in Umbria that involves serving grilled pork chops topped with chopped radicchio salad dressed with balsamic vinegar. I adore both dishes and 1 day when I had bought lovely pork chops at our local butcher and was in search of preparation suggestions, I decided to brine the chops, grill them, then leading them with the nduja and honey as directed within the Epicurious.com recipe. Brining is simply soaking meat in a sugar/salt/water mixture just before cooking which maximizes the moisture and tenderness of the meat. To serve my version of this pork dish, I gently sauteed some thinly sliced radicchio and served it along with the chops. Now, I do apologize for the photo as for some reason I discovered this a tough dish to obtain a decent image of. I’ve in fact made a variation of this dish several times already but was never happy sufficient with the photo to post the recipe. To serve this dish, I truly location the radicchio on leading of the pork chop as they are meant to be eaten together but show them side by side in my photo so you’ll be able to superior see how delicious that pork chop looks. The mixture of spicy meat spread, sweet honey, and bitter radicchio along with tender moist, pork is genuinely incredibly highly addictive!
Adapted from Epicurious.com
4 Meaty Pork Chops (About 3/4 to 1 Inch Thick)
3 Cups Water
6 Tablespoons Coarse Kosher Salt
3 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
4 Ounces Nduja (soft, spicy salami)
2 Tablespoons Honey
1 Modest to Medium Round Head Radicchio Lettuce, Cored And Cut Into Thin Slices
1 Tablespoon Oil
Salt & Pepper
Combine the 3 cups water, Kosher salt, and sugar in 15 x 10 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Place pork chops in the brine within the baking dish. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to four hours. Once brined, remove from the liquid and pat the chops dry with paper towels. Rub with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat up your grill to it’s highest temperature as you would cook a steak.
Grill the chop on each side for about 3-4 minutes and then flip as needed until they reach the internal temperature of 150-155 degrees. Thicker chops will take longer and may need to be flipped more than twice in order to keep them from becoming charred. Once the chops have been turned for the last time, spread each on 1 side with some of the nduja, and keep on the grill another minute or two until it melts. Spread it evenly across the top of the chop with a knife. Remove from the heat to a warmed platter, drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of the honey over each chop, and cover.
In a substantial pan, heat the oil and toss in the radicchio. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or just until the radicchio begins to soften. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chops with the radicchio on the side or on top of the chops.