Moroccan Style Pork Chops

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  Moroccan Style Pork Chops

 In order to get the best flavour from the pork chops leave them to marinate for at least 15 minutes or if you have time, overnight. This recipe is a great way to jazz up pork chops and is the perfect Moroccan meal when served alongside some cous cous.  

Moroccan Style Pork Chops

Serves 4 

Cooking time:

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 teasp. ground ginger
  • ½ teasp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teasp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 teasp. paprika
  • 1 teasp. turmeric
  • Pinch of chilli powder
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablesp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 400g tin of chopped plum tomatoes
  • 70g dried apricots, cut in quarters
  • 1 teasp. honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander, chopped

Recipe Video 

Watch Neven Maguire preparing Moroccan Style Pork Chops

To Cook

Mix together the ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, paprika, turmeric and chilli powder.  Set aside ⅓ of the spice mixture to use later.  Combine the remaining ⅔ of the spice mixture with half the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place the pork chops in a freezer bag, pour over the marinade and mix well.  Leave to marinate in the fridge for as long as you can, overnight preferably.

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180˚C (350˚F).

Heat a little oil in a saucepan.  Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté for a few minutes, then mix through the spice mixture which was set aside, followed by the tomatoes, apricots, remaining lemon juice and honey.  Taste for seasoning then simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile remove the pork chops from the marinade.  Heat a little oil in a frying pan and brown the chops on each side for 1 minute, then transfer them to an oven proof dish, pour over the tomato mixture, cover with foil and cook in the pre heated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle over the chopped coriander.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with couscous which has been flavoured with lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, chopped dried fruit such as golden sultanas, cranberries and chopped apricots, pistachios and coriander, allow 50g per person.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 54g 

Carbohydrates: 29g 

Fat: 33g 

Iron: 2.7mg 

Energy: 634kcal