Pork with Sweet Garlic and Fennel: Arista con Aglio e Finocchio

Total Time:
35 min
10 min
25 min

4 servings

  • 1 bulb fennel, fronds removed and reserved, bulb thinly sliced, plus 4 fronds, for garnish
  • 6 center cut pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 cup high-quality white wine
  • 12 cloves sweet garlic, recipe follows
  • Sweet Garlic:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head garlic (about 12 cloves), cloves peeled and separated
  • 2 cups Cinzano or other sweet white wine
  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

  • In a 10 to 12-inch skillet, heat the oil until almost smoking. Add the fennel slices and cook over high heat until tender and browned, about 5 minutes.

  • Season the pork chops with salt and pepper and dredge them in the flour. Add the pork chops to the pan and cook 1-minute on each side, until evenly browned. Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle 1-teaspoon fennel seed on 1 side of the chops. Turn and sprinkle the remaining teaspoon on the other side. Add the wine and sweet garlic and place the skillet in the oven to cook for 15 minutes, until just cooked through. Garnish with the fennel fronds and serve immediately.

Sweet Garlic:
  • Combine oil and garlic in a 12 to 14-inch saute pan and cook over high heat until cloves are browned. Add Cinzano and reduce liquid until syrupy.

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