Antony Worrall Thompson's pork chops with rhubarb recipe

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Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time5 mins

We eat pork with apple, so why not rhubarb? The acidity of the fruit cuts through the richness of the meat - delicious!

Ingredients

  • 6 sticks of rhubarb, cut into 2.5cm (1 in) pieces
  • 85g (3 oz) unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 x 200g (7oz) pork chops, rind removed if you prefer
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • New potatoes, carrots and green vegetables, to serve

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Method

  1. Put the rhubarb in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring slowly to the boil, then drain immediately. Return the rhubarb to the saucepan with half the butter and the sugar, and cook gently for 10 minutes, until it has broken down to a puree.
  2. Meanwhile, season the chops with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining butter in a frying pan until foaming, then cook the chops for 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove them and keep them warm.
  3. Tip the rhubarb into the chop pan to emulsify with the caramelised juices, scrape the bottom and mix to combine. Serve immediately with the chops, some new potatoes, carrrots and a green vegetable.
Top Tip for making Antony Worrall Thompson's pork chops with rhubarb

"When buying pork, try to buy a rare-breed variety, such as Gloucester Old Spot or Saddleback. The rhubarb goes equally well with pan-fried mackerel or herring fillets. Or, as an alternative, replace the rhubarb with gooseberries - equally tart, equally delicious!"

After leaving school, Antony Worrall Thompson studied hotel management before taking his first catering job in Essex. It wasn’t long until he was in a professional kitchen though as at the young age of 27 he moved to London and became the sous-chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant at Fulham Road. Over the years Antony has produced 32 books and counting, some of which focus around good healthy eating. We love his recipe Health in a bowl as it’s packed with so many nutrients it’s almost like an instant injection of vitamins! Known for his unique approach to cooking, this method wasn’t exempt from his first restaurant Ménage à Trois which opened in 1981. The restaurant’s quirk was that it only served starters and puddings!