Pork Medallions with Scallions and Magic Green Sauce
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Any 5-ingredient dish that feels like more than the sum of its parts is a keeper, and this recipe is an exceptional example. The genius comes in the multitasking roles of the ingredients themselves: The liquid from a jar of capers helps to loosen the green sauce and give it a briny edge; green onions make up the base for the sauce, are sautéed along with the pork, and garnish the finished dish. Try the sauce on chicken or steak, or as a sandwich spread.
1 small jar capers
1 cup packed chopped fresh cilantro (1 bunch)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon water
2 bunches green onions, divided
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
16 heirloom cherry tomatoes (red and yellow), halved
How to Make It
Spoon 1 tablespoon caper brine and 2 tablespoons drained capers into the bowl of a mini food processor. Add cilantro, 3 tablespoons oil, and 1 tablespoon water. Chop green onions to measure 3 tablespoons. Add 3 tablespoons green onions to cilantro mixture; process until smooth.
Cut remaining onions diagonally into 2-inch pieces. Cut 8 pieces lengthwise into slivers; set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add pork and 2-inch onion pieces; cover and cook 4 minutes. Turn pork over. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Arrange pork mixture on a platter. Drizzle with sauce; sprinkle with slivered onions.
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