Pork Chops with Toasted Spice Rub and Apple Dressing

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
4 (350g) center-cut pork chops
2 tablespoons salt
20g pure California chilli powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
50g fennel seeds
For Toasted Spice Rub:
125ml Honey Roasted Apple Sauce, recipe follows
85ml dry white wine
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Toasted Spice Rub, recipe follows
Grey salt
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and toasted spice rub.

Heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat and sear the pork chops until golden brown, about 4 minutes on 1side and 1 minute on the other side. Place pork chops on baking sheet. Remove excess oil from skillet.

Bake the chops until just cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to a serving platter.

Over medium heat, add the wine to the skillet, stir, and reduce to 1 to 2 tablespoons; add the apple sauce and bring to a simmer. Spoon over each chop.

Toasted Spice Rub

1/4 cup fennel seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

1 tablespoon peppercorns

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

20g pure placeStateCalifornia chilli powder

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Toast the fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and peppercorns in a small, heavy pan over medium heat. When the fennel begins to turn light brown, add the red pepper flakes, and toss several times. Immediately turn the spice mixture out onto a plate to cool.

Put in a blender with the chilli powder, salt, and cinnamon and blend until the spices are evenly ground. If you have a small spice mill or a coffee grinder dedicated to grinding spices, grind only the fennel, coriander, pepper, and chilli flakes. Pour into a bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients.

Keep the spice mix in a glass jar in a cool, dry place, or freeze.

Note: If you have an exhaust fan over your stove, turn it on before you start toasting the spices. Be careful not to inhale the fumes once you add the red pepper flakes.

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