Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Serves 2 (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1/2 cup pepper mixture)

Multicolored mini or baby bell peppers keep their texture but take on a fantastic acidity with a gentle quick-pickling technique. Instead of adding salt to the pickling liquid, stir it into the finished relish so no flavor is lost. The relish would also be delicious on barbecue pork sandwiches or hamburgers. Ancho chile powder is smoky with just a lick of heat. If you can’t find it, substitute regular chili powder and add a dash of ground red pepper. A cast-iron skillet is key for a quick, well-seared pork chop. Leave the pan on the heat for charring the snap peas.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring vinegar, 1/4 cup water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat; add bell peppers. Let stand 15 minutes; drain. Combine peppers, parsley, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.

Step 2

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, chile powder, and cumin in a small bowl. Rub pork chops with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and spice mixture. Add pork to pan; cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°F. Top pork evenly with bell pepper mixture.