As I write this we’re already into April and yet this week we’ve had snow, ice and a whole lot of wind. With that in mind I’m still very much in the mood for rustic home-made comfort food.
This is one of those quick and easy dishes that still tastes delicious. Celeriac can sometimes have a quite bland taste when mashed but the secret weapon here is lemon juice (and I learned that while reading this recipe). It might sound odd but it really brings out that great earthy taste.
The sauce is a simple reduction of white wine used to de-glaze the pan, with a little butter stirred in to add richness and thicken. I also added marjoram for a little extra flavour but I’m sure it’ll taste just as good without!
Pork Chop on Mashed Celeriac Recipe – Ingredients
- 1 Pork Chop per person, seasoned with salt and pepper. The fat should be scored and salt rubbed in.
- 1 Celeriac root, peeled and chopped into 1 inch squares.
- Potatoes (aim for 1/3 the weight of the celeriac but you don’t have to be exact).
- 1 glass of white wine
- 25g butter
Pork Chop on Mashed Celeriac Recipe – Method
- Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add celeriac and potato and boil until soft (about 1/2 an hour for the celeriac. Don’t over cook as it soaks up water, making your mash tasteless)
- Meanwhile heat a little olive oil in a pan over a high heat and pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees c. Add you pork chop to the pan and fry quickly on one side until browned, then turn over and place the pan in the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
- Drain the celeriac and potato and then put back in the pot. Add the juice of 1 lemon, a good pinch of pepper and mash well. Taste and add more salt if needed.
- Take a reasonable size scoop of the mash and place in the middle of the plate. Place the pork chop on top.
- With the pan still hot turn on the hob and pour in 1 glass of wine – it should start to bubble rapidly (if not, turn up the heat). Scrape all the sticky blackness (this is the flavour!) from the bottom of the pan and add in the butter. When reduced to the desired consistency take the pan from the heat and spoon over your pork.
That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!