Grilled pork chop with crisp black pudding, cider sauce and greens

Try this great scrumpy cider and apple sauce with pork chops, greens and deep-fried black pudding.


For the cider sauce
  • 25g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 4 Bramley apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 50g/1¾oz caster sugar
  • 200ml/7fl oz scrumpy cider
For the crisp black pudding
  • 200g/7oz black pudding
  • 50g/1¾oz plain flour
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • 50g/1¾oz Japanese panko breadcrumbs
  • rapeseed oil, for deep frying
For the pork chops
  • 1 kg/2lb 4oz bone-in pork loin, French trimmed, cut into four thick chops
  • salt and pepper
  • 50g/1¾oz unsalted butter
For the spring greens
  • 25g/1oz unsalted butter
  • 1 head of spring greens, sliced thickly
  • salt and pepper
To serve
  • 250ml/9fl oz pork jus or gravy

Preparation method

  1. For the cider sauce, heat the butter in a saucepan. Add the apples, sugar and the scrumpy cider. Bring to a simmer over a gentle heat and cook until the apples are very soft. Add a little more cider or water if the mixture becomes too dry. Stir from time to time.

  2. For the crisp black pudding, cut the pudding into 2½cm/1in chunks. Dust the pieces in flour, dip in the beaten egg and coat with panko breadcrumbs. Store in the fridge until ready to cook.

  3. For the pork chops, preheat a grill to high. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper.

  4. Place the chop in an ovenproof frying pan and place under the grill. Cook on both sides for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the grill and place on the hob. Add the butter and, when melted, use it to baste the chop. Set the chops aside to rest before serving.

  5. For the crisp black pudding, heat a deep fat fryer to 180C/350F, or heat the rapeseed oil in a deep-sided, heavy based pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns golden-brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

  6. Deep fry the coated black pudding for 2-3 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the fryer and drain on kitchen paper.

  7. For the spring greens, in a pan heat the butter with 50ml/2fl oz water to make an emulsion. Add the greens, cover with a lid and steam for 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. To serve, place a pork chop on each plate with a spoonful of cider sauce, crisp black pudding and greens. Drizzle over the pork jus or gravy.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour cooking time

Serves 4

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