Grilled Veal or Pork Chops with Marsala Fig Sauce, Lemon-Ricotta Orzo, Celery and Mushroom Salad

Total Time:
48 min
20 min
28 min

4 servings

  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound orzo
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch thick) bone-in veal or pork chops
  • 6 teaspoons grill seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 16 dried figs, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup marsala wine
  • 4 to 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 heart celery, thinly sliced on an angle, 3 to 4 cups
  • 4 large portabella mushroom caps, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice divided
  • Parmigianino Reggiano, for shaving
  • 1 box frozen peas
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Heat the water to a boil for pasta. Season the water with salt and cook pasta to al dente. Heads up: you will need to add 1 box of peas the last minute of cooking time to the water.

  • Pat chops dry. Mix the grill seasoning, seeds and coriander and rub the mixture into the chops.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • In a small pot over medium low heat combine the figs, Marsala and thyme. Season with some black pepper and gently reduce 15 minutes.

  • Heat about 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. When oil smokes, sear chops 2 minutes on each side and transfer to oven for 10 minutes.

  • Slice the celery and mushrooms and combine with parsley.

  • In a pasta bowl, combine the zest of 2 lemons with ricotta cheese, salt and pepper.

  • Dress the celery and mushrooms with the juice of 2 lemons and 1/4 cup oil, season with salt and pepper and top with lots of shaved Parmesan.

  • Add peas to orzo, cook 1 minute. Drain the orzo and peas and add to the lemon ricotta. Toss to combine and adjust salt and pepper, to taste.

  • Serve chops with figs on top and ricotta orzo and celery and mushroom salad along side.

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