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Smoked Pork Chops with Cherry Tomatoes and White Beans

  • Active Time:10 min
  • Start to Finish:15 min
February 2008
The tangy sweetness of cherry tomatoes contrasts nicely with the plump, smoky chops, while green-olive paste gives a briny edge to the white beans.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb cherry or grape tomatoes (3 cups)
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 4 smoked pork chops (1 lb total)
  • 2 (15- to 19-oz) cans cannellini or other white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons green-olive paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then cook tomatoes and garlic, lightly pressing tomatoes occasionally, until tomatoes begin to burst, about 5 minutes.
  • While tomatoes cook, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then brown pork chops on both sides, about 4 minutes total.
  • Stir beans into tomatoes along with olive paste, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste and cook, covered, 2 minutes. Add chops and cook, covered, until heated through, about 2 minutes.
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