Perfect Pork Chop with Mashed Potatoes and Green Vegetables
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 30minutes
4largeSwiss chard leaves
Take pork chops out of fridge at least 30 minutes before starting anything else.
Bring 3 liters of water to the boil in a big pot.
Peel and quarter potatoes and put in a large pot, no need to wait for the water to boil. Just through in little by little as you quarter them.
Boil potatoes until tender (approx. 20 minutes once water is boiling). Use a wooden pick to proof if they are tender.
In the meantime, wash all vegetables and dry chard, leek and celery (no need to dry broccoli).
Thinly slice the round part of the leek, discard the green leaves at the top.
Cut celery into little moons about 1/4" (0.5cm) thick.
Destalk chard and cut leaves only into about 1/2" (1cm) thick stripes.
Heat a cast iron pan or heavy bottomed stainless steel pan over medium-high heat until VERY HOT! (at the very least 10 minutes, dry, no oil).
About 7 minutes before the potatoes will be cooked through, throw in the broccoli florets into the boiling water.
Drain potatoes and broccoli in a colander and then transfer potatoes only back into the pot (set broccoli aside), add milk, butter and salt and pepper using either an electric hand mixer (not a blender, a mixer) or a potato masher and mix all ingredients together. Cover and set aside.
Generously season pork chop with salt and pepper.
Once pan is hot like hell, reduce heat to medium, add a few drops of oil to the pan and gently place pork chop on oil, then take a step back to avoid fat shooting out of the pan.
Fry for 2-3 minutes on each side depending on thickness (until it reaches 135F/57ºC), then stand up the pork chop on the side with the fat with a pair of thongs and render the fat for about 1 minute.
Place pork chop on a cutting board and let rest for at least 5 minutes without touching and especially without cutting into it.
In the meantime, add leek and celery to the fat in the pan and fry until translucent. About 5 minutes. Add chard and fry for another minute or two until soft.