Pork chops with pear and lilly pilly compote

Pork chops with pear and lilly pilly compote

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Cook for Your Life
Serves
4
Photographer
Gorta Yuuki (studio) and William Meppem (location)

Lilly pillies are the purple berries that grow on native Australian lilly pilly trees. They’ve been eaten for thousands of years by aboriginal people. I first tried lilly pillies when a friend introduced them to me on a tour of the botanical gardens in Sydney. After sampling the small fruit, I immediately wanted to include them in a recipe. They give this dish something extra – a slightly peppery taste that partners well with the sweetness of pear. A salad is the perfect accompaniment.

If you can’t get hold of lilly pillies, you can make the sauce without them, and garnish the dish with warmed red currants instead (i use frozen if fresh are unavailable).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
4 180 g butterflied pork chops
500ml white wine
2 pears, peeled and roughly chopped
12 black peppercorns
2cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely sliced
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
16 lilly pillies

Method

  1. Combine the soy sauce, oil and ground fennel in a shallow dish. Add the pork and coat well, then leave to marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Pour the wine into a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil for 3 minutes, then add the pear, peppercorns, ginger, bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add the lilly pillies and cook for another 20 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and scoop out the peppercorns, bay leaves and cinnamon stick (if the peppercorns aren’t visible on the surface, you might have to search for them with the spoon).
  3. Heat a barbecue grill to medium–high. Wipe the excess marinade from the pork chops and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve the chops with the warm compote.
Tags:
health
diet
low-fat
low fat
healthy
nutritional
weightloss
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