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Pork shoulder chop w/ anchovy & lemon dressing

Having invested in a fine pork chop, don’t skimp on the accompaniments. Use a good brand of anchovy fillets to deliver a good savoury tone rather than an overpowering salinity.

As a garnish, a head of fennel sliced into thinnish slices and then brushed with oil and grilled on a cast iron grill and a good salad is all that is needed.

Tradition dictates that pork is always cooked through until no trace of pinkness remains. I so prefer to eat this a rosy pink medium, the sweetness of the meat and the tender juiciness allow the chop to shine. I have done this for years and have never suffered ill effects. The most important thing though is for you to cook it to how you are happiest.

Pork shoulder chop w/ anchovy & lemon dressing

Pork shoulder chop w/ anchovy & lemon dressing

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Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 x Pork Shoulder Chop

  • 50g salted anchovies

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 3 parings of unwaxed lemon zest

  • a pinch of chilli flakes

  • extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary or basil — any or all will be delicious)

  • 75g unsalted butter

  • juice of half an unwaxed lemon or to taste

Directions

  • Take the pork chop from the fridge and remove from the packaging and leave to come to room temperature for an hour.
  • Drain the anchovies of oil and finely slice them and set to one side, finely chop the garlic and the lemon zest and add them to the anchovies.
  • Heat a heavy, cast iron pan. Season the chop well. Add a splash of oil to the pan and fry the chop on both sides to get a good crust, 3-5 minutes each side should do it. Then turn the heat down to low and cook gently for another 5-10 minutes, turning every couple of minutes to take it to a nice medium. (If you like to use a meat thermometer then a core reading of 52-55°C is a good guide).
  • Then add the butter and let it melt and bubble gently. Spoon it over the chop a few times. Then remove the chop and rest on a platter in a warm place and rest it for 10-15 minutes. Lift the pan from the heat and keep to one side whilst your chop rests.
  • When it is time to serve your chop, return the pan to the heat and when the butter is bubbling add the anchovies, garlic, chilli and lemon zest to the pan and cook gently for a minute or until the garlic has softened. Then throw in the herbs and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add salt and pepper if required.
  • To serve, slice the pork as you would a porterhouse steak or cote de boeuf. Arrange on the platter with the resting juices and then spoon over the dressing.