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Pork Medallions with Scallions and Magic Green Sauce

- Photo: Caitlin Bensel
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.

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Yields: Serves 4

Nutrition

calories 316

fat 21.6g

satfat 4.8g

monofat 13.4g

polyfat 2.2g

protein 24g

carbohydrate 7g

fiber 2g

cholesterol 62mg

iron 2mg

sodium 436mg

calcium 67mg

Ingredients

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

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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.

Cook's Notes:

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