Grilled pork chop with almond croquettes and salad

Grilled pork chop with almond croquettes and salad

Pork chops cooked with apple wedges, flaked almond-flecked croquettes and a herb-packed salad make for a stunning dinner party supper.


  • 2 pork loin chops
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into wedges
  • salt, to taste
For the dressing
  • 1 free-range egg yolk
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 150ml/5fl oz vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 banana shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped mint
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped thyme
For the almond croquettes
  • 500g/1lb 2oz mashed potatoes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped flatleaf parsley
  • 50g/1¾oz plain flour
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 75g/3oz flaked almonds
For the salad
  • 1 head Little Gem, roughly chopped
  • 2 handfuls lamb’s lettuce

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the grill to high. Place the pork chops in an ovenproof frying pan along with the apple wedges, then season the pork fat with salt and place under the grill for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Place the egg yolk into a bowl along with the mustard and honey.

  3. Add the cider vinegar and whisk, then gradually add the vegetable oil, whisking all the time until thick and creamy.

  4. Add the shallot, garlic, parsley, mint, basil and thyme and whisk once more, then check the seasoning and set aside.

  5. Heat the oil in a deep-fat fryer or large saucepan to 180C/350F. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Never leave the pan unattended.)

  6. Check the seasoning on the mashed potatoes, then add the remaining flatleaf parsley and mix well. Take a small handful and roll into a sausage shape, repeat with all the mash.

  7. Prepare a plate of flour, a bowl of eggs and a plate of flaked almonds.

  8. Roll the potato sausages in the flour, then the eggs and then the flaked almonds.

  9. Place straight into the fat fryer for 2-3 minutes, or until golden-brown, crisp and hot through, then remove using a slotted spoon onto a plate lined with kitchen paper.

  10. Place the salad leaves into a bowl and add enough dressing to just coat the leaves, then serve alongside the croquettes and pork chop.

James Martin recipes from James Martin: Home Comforts

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 2

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