Instead of a long write-up today, I’m just going to post pictures of our latest dinner with the recipe at the end. Enjoy!
The final product.
Mincing the shallot.
A savory vinaigrette.
Matchstick apple slices.
Fresh spinach from the Farmers Market.
Sizzling chops, lightly seasoned and coated.
Wilting the spinach.
The delectable and pungent blue cheese. $16 per pound; it was a gift.
Spinach and apples, ready to go.
Serve with a side of rosemary & thyme potatoes and a big appetite.
Recipe after the jump.
I found this recipe after poking around online for something in which I could use this lovely blue cheese (aged in grape leaves for just a hint of tart sweetness!) that I got as a gift, in addition to using the apples and spinach I picked up at the Farmers Market that morning and the pork that I needed to use before it expired.
The recipe originally called for pears instead of apples, but apples go just as nicely with pork, and arugula instead of spinach. What’s the lesson here? Recipes are just suggestions. Don’t be a slave to them.
3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, finely diced
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
Koshering salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 oz. spinach, washed and dried
1 Gala apple
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 center-cut pork chops, trimmed of any fat
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1/4 lb. blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
Discard any fat in the skillet and set over low heat. Add the balsamic-Dijon vinaigrette and cook, stirring to pick up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan, until the sauce is warm, about 1 min. Pour the vinaigrette back into its bowl and whisk to recombine. Put spinach into warm pan to wilt; pour 3/4 of the vinaigrette on top and gently combine with spinach. Add apple slices at the last minute and toss with spinach to coat.
Arrange the spinach and apples on four plates. Top with the pork and blue cheese, and drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette. Serve with roasted potatoes or any other veggie your little heart desires.