Veal Chops with Pepper-Pear Relish

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Sometimes the least obvious food pairings prove to be the most bold and beautiful. Case in point, Veal Chops with Pepper-Pear Relish. The crunchy, veggie-forward flavors of green and red bell peppers pair perfectly with the soft, sweet juiciness of a ripe pear in this tasty relish. Add a dollop on top of impeccably prepared veal chops, and your taste buds will just about burst.


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Prep Time:
30 minutes

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Cook Time:
10-16 minutes

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Total Time:
45 minutes

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Serves:
4


Ingredients:

  • 4 veal loin or rib chops, cut 1 inch thick (approx. 8 ounces each)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper

  • cilantro sprigs (optional)

  • lemon twists (optional)

Pepper-Pear Relish:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large each red and green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (approx. 1 cup each)

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 2 tablespoons minced, seeded, jalapeño pepper

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 medium pear, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (approx. 1 cup)

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions:

  1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add bell peppers, onion, jalapeño pepper and ginger. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in pear, 1/4 cup lemon juice, brown sugar, lemon peel and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer 5 minutes or until pear is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice and chopped cilantro.

  2. Meanwhile place veal chops on rack in broiler pan so surface of meat is 4 inches from heat. Broil 14 to 16 minutes for medium doneness, turning once.

  3. Arrange chops on warm platter; season with salt and pepper. Spoon relish over chops, then garnish with cilantro sprigs and lemon twists, if desired.

To Grill: Place chops on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes for medium doneness, turning once.


Chef’s Tip: *For best results, do not prepare relish in advance.


 
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Nutritional Information Per Serving

387

Calories

46 g

Protein

15 g

Fat

5 g

Saturated Fat

604 mg

Sodium

14 g

Carbohydrates


180 mg cholesterol; 3.4 g fiber; 7 g monounsaturated fat; 16.8 mg niacin; 0.9 mg Vitamin B6; 2.2 mcg Vitamin B12; 2.0 mg iron; 20.0 mcg selenium; 5.8 mg zinc.