Monday, February 11, 2008

Pork Piccata


Gordon Ramsay is a really good cook, and I have several of his cookbooks. However, they generally don't make me feel like "oooh, I want to make this RIGHT NOW". Well, I borrowed "Fast Food - Recipes from the F word" from my library and that all changed. Part of it might have been that I only had the book for a limited time, I suppose, but whatever the reason, I've been cooking a LOT from this book for the past few weeks. And everything's been delicious! Certainly a book to recommend!

Gordon suggested a veal piccata. Great, except I couldn't find veal at my store, so I bought simple pork chops instead, and prepared them the same way. Deeee-lish. Really, it was so good! We had them with gnocchi, much like we did with Nigella's mustard chops, and that turned out to be a great - and quick - combination. I didn't follow the instructions to the letter, but here's how I made them:

Pork Piccata
Serves 2

2 large pork chops
olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
salt, black pepper
thyme (fresh if you've got it, but dried will work)
100 ml white wine
1 tbsp capers
3 tbsp crème fraîche

Fry the chops in the oil on high heat until they're nicely browned. Lower the heat and keep on frying. It might take a while, especially if your chops are thick. After a few minutes, add the garlic - minced, with thyme, salt and pepper. When the chops are cooked through, remove them to a plate.

Pour the wine into the pan to deglaze it. Bring to a boil and let it reduce a little, add the crème fraîche and the capers. Season with salt and pepper, and serve straight away with the chops and freshly cooked pasta or potato gnocchi.

Recipe in Swedish:
Karrékotlett Piccata


Finla said...

Actually i dislike himefor the F word, but indeed he is a excelent chef.
Love the piccata. I am going to try them once as my hubby and daughter will love this

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love the creme fraiche being added to the sauce :D Gordon Ramsay is so MEAN but he is an excellent chef :D..I'll give him that much :D

Anonymous said...

Awesome, I have pork chops and fresh thyme that need using up, so I'll give these a try. They look lovely, I really like the idea of the capers with it.

Salmiak said...

mmm.. sounds really good.. Say what you want about G.R but he is smart and very capable in the kitchen.

Thanks for the recommendation, will look it up come the booksales.

Anonymous said...

i too have pork and thyme that need using, *and* i have some creme fraiche in the fridge, which i almost never do. this looks like a fun new addition to the weeknight lineup.

i still have to perfect my gnocchi though. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

I just made it! It's just absolutely delicious. Thanks so much for posting the recipe - I can see that it's going to become a staple quick and easy supper chez moi!

Anonymous said...

made this for dinner with mashed potato today and absolutely loved it! Must try it with veal some time, i'd say it would be delicious. thanks for the recipe! :)

N+D said...

Hi there, we're linking to your post tonite, hope you don't mind. ;o)

We, too, have not always been excited by Ramsay recipes, but totally agree, the Fast Food ones really are encouraging, and this one in particular is divine. We substituted pork as well, and agree it's just as good.

So you're a Nigella Express fan, too? Lots in common then...

Jeanne said...

Whatever you may think of Gordon Ramsay as a person, DAMN the man can cook. And not just fancy flashy things - also just really good combinations of simple flavours, like this one. It reminds me a bit of the pork chops with sherried muchrooms I made the other night - quick and delicious.