Crispy Sage Pork Cutlets with Couscous, Peas, Figs, and Pistachios
Photo: Jody Horton
When sage is fried in butter, it changes from a rough, sometimes overpowering herb into a sophisticated, hard-to-define kind of delicious. I love how the sage's flavor infuses the butter in the pan, which is then used to fry up the pork chops so that sage flavor and aroma perfumes the pork cutlets as well. The peas, figs, and pistachios flavor the couscous with sweetness, crunch, and color. What more could you ask from dinner?

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces pork cutlets, about 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 12 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 5 dried Calimyrna or Mission figs, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 green onion, white and tender green parts, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup couscous
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Directions


Active time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


Sprinkle the pork cutlets with salt and pepper on both sides. Set aside.

In a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp. of the butter. When it's melted, add the sage leaves and brown them on both sides until they are crispy, about 1 minute total. They should bubble and the butter should become golden brown. Reduce the heat if the butter starts to burn. Using tongs, transfer the sage leaves to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Quickly add the pork cutlets to the hot pan and brown on the first side for 2 minutes. Turn and brown the second side for another 2 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Again working quickly, add the remaining 1 Tbsp. butter, the yellow onion, carrot, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a sprinkle of pepper to the hot pan and sauté until the onion begins to soften, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth and figs and bring to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute, then add the green onion, couscous, peas, and pistachios. Stir to moisten all of the couscous. Cover tightly and remove the pan from the heat. Allow the couscous to steam and absorb the broth until tender, about 4 minutes. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and stir it in. Taste the couscous and season with more salt and pepper if it needs it.

Arrange the pork cutlets on two warmed plates and top with the crispy sage leaves. Mound the couscous and vegetables on the side. Serve hot.

From One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two (Chronicle) by Carla Snyder.

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