Pork chops with parsnips and maple pears

    2 hours 15 min

    A superb combination of flavours, conveniently roasted all in one big tin. The pork is best marinated ahead, if time allows. A spicy fruit relish would make a great accompaniment.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 lean pork chops, trimmed of fat
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh sage
    • ½ tsp fennel seeds, roughly crushed
    • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 4 potatoes, about 500g in total, peeled and quartered
    • 2 large parsnips, peeled and quartered lengthways
    • 2 red onions, quartered
    • 1 large pear, (such as Comice), firm but ripe
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup
    • TO GARNISH fresh sage leaves

    Prep:1hr20min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:2hr15min 

    1. Place the chops in a wide dish. Sprinkle over the oil, garlic, sage, fennel seeds and 2 tbsp of the balsamic vinegar. Turn to coat evenly, then cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 1 hour.
    2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6. Combine the potatoes, parsnips and onions in a large roasting tin. Add the pork chops with their marinade and turn the vegetables to coat evenly. Spread out the vegetables in a single layer, with the chops on top. Season to taste. Roast for about 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender and golden.
    3. Core the pear and cut into 8 slices. Toss in the remaining balsamic vinegar and the maple syrup. Remove the roasting tin from the oven and arrange the pear slices over the chops, spooning over the syrup mixture.
    4. Return to the oven and roast for a further 10–12 minutes until the pears are tender. Serve the pork chops topped with the pear slices and juices, with the roasted vegetables alongside and fresh sage leaves scattered over.
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