less than 30 mins
30 mins to 1 hour
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By Ben Tish
From Saturday Kitchen[row]
For the roast vegetables
- 150g/5½oz sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 2 garlic cloves
- 40g/1½oz small candy beetroot, scrubbed and cut in half
- 40g/1½oz small beetroot, scrubbed and cut in half
- 40g/1½oz small yellow beetroot, scrubbed and cut in half
- 100g/3½oz new season carrots, peeled
- 100ml/3½fl oz red wine vinegar
- 20g/¾oz beetroot leaves, to serve
For the pork chops
- 2 x 250g/9oz pork chops, preferably Gloucester Old Spot, French trimmed
- olive oil, for seasoning
- lemon juice, for seasoning
- freshly ground black pepper
For the walnut picada
- 100ml/3½fl oz olive oil
- 1 slice day-old bread, roughly chopped
- 20g/¾oz walnuts, roasted
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 20ml/¾fl oz red wine vinegar
- 20g/¾oz fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 20g/¾oz fresh dill, picked
To make the roast vegetables, preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas 5. Sprinkle a roasting tin with half the sea salt and the herbs and garlic. Place the beets and carrots on the salt, sprinkle with the vinegar and remaining salt and cover with kitchen foil. Bake for 40–50 minutes or until the beetroots and carrots are very tender. Carefully brush all the salt from the vegetables.
To cook the pork chops, preheat a griddle pan to medium–hot. Season the meat with olive oil, salt and pepper, then place on the griddle, moving around all the time to get an even caramelisation all over the skin and fat. Check they’re cooked through by inserting a skewer into the centre of the meat to see if the juices run clear. Remove from the griddle pan and season with olive oil and lemon juice. Leave to rest, reserving the resting juices.
To make the walnut picada, heat half the oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the bread, walnuts, garlic, 1 tablespoon water and vinegar until the liquid is reduced by half (the water may have been absorbed, that’s fine). Add the fresh herbs and season well.
To serve, cut the carrots in half lengthways, then in half again, and halve the beetroots. Place the carrots, beetroot and beetroot leaves over the base of a serving plate and top with the pork chops so the bone is pointing upwards. Dress the pork with a few bits of beetroot and beetroot leaves and spoon the walnut picada over. Finish with the resting juices and the remaining olive oil.