Pork Chops Recipe with Beans and Turnip Tops

Tamworth chop, white beans and turnip tops

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Jackson Boxer serves this impressive pork dish at his Hebrides-inspired Notting Hill restaurant, Orasay. Here's how to make it at home for your next dinner party

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*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

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Ingredients

  • Tamworth pork chops 2 x 350g, on the bone, rinds removed
  • white wine a splash
  • unsalted butter 25g

BRAISED BEANS

  • dried coco or cannellini beans 400g
  • carrot 1, roughly chopped
  • rosemary a sprig
  • thyme a sprig
  • bay leaves 3
  • extra-virign olive oil 2 tbsp
  • onions 2, finely chopped
  • garlic 3 cloves, crushed

TURNIP TOPS

  • extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp
  • shallot 1, finely chopped
  • red chilli 1, deseeded and finely chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • turnip tops (cime di rapa) or kale 300g, stalks removed and shredded (see notes below)

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the beans into a large bowl, cover with plenty of cold water and leave to soak overnight.

  • Step 2

    The next day, when you’re ready to cook, drain and rinse the beans, tip into a large lidded pan with the carrot, rosemary, thyme and bay, then top up with enough cold water to cover the beans. Bring gently to the boil, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer gently for 1½-2 hours or until tender but not collapsing. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid but discarding the herbs and carrots.

  • Step 3

    Heat the olive oil in a large pan and cook the onions and garlic with a large pinch of salt under a piece of scrunched up baking paper for 40 minutes or until completely soft (splash in a little water if it starts to catch). Tip the onions into a large pan with the beans and 400ml of the cooking liquid, and simmer for 30 minutes until thickened, adding a little water if it starts to get dry.

  • Step 4

    For the turnip tops, heat the olive oil in a frying pan, then gently cook the shallot, chilli and garlic for 10 minutes until soft. Add the turnip tops and cook gently under a piece of scrunched up baking paper until softened but a vibrant green. Stir ½ into the beans and keep warm.

  • Step 5

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat a frying pan until hot, coat the chops in a little oil and season generously. Hold the chops, fat-side down, in the pan for 1 minute to crisp, then cook on each side for 3 minutes until really caramelised. Put onto a baking tray and cook in the oven for 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover tightly with foil and rest for 10 minutes. Remove the bone, then cut into 1cm-thick slices – it should be just blushing pink inside.

  • Step 6

    Meanwhile, pour a little white wine into the chop pan to deglaze, cook for several minutes then add the butter and swirl until melted.

  • Step 7

    Spoon the beans onto 2 large plates, spoon on more of the greens, top with the sliced chop and any resting and pan juices.

Turnip tops, or cime di rapa, are a slightly bitter leafy vegetable with small florets that come from the broccoli family. They are available from ocado.com or you can use kale instead.


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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 802
  • Fat 34.9g
  • Saturates 10.4g
  • Carbs 62.1g
  • Sugars 8.7g
  • Fibre 32.3g
  • Protein 43.5g
  • Salt 0.3g
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