Pork Chops Saltimbocca with Sautéed Spinach Gourmet | August 2009
by Gina Marie Miraglia Eriquez
2 (1-inch-thick) center-cut rib pork chops
2 sage leaves, finely chopped
2 very thin slices Italian Fontina
2 thin slices prosciutto (1 ounce)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1large garlic clove, finely chopped
1 (10-ounces) bag fresh spinach, stems discarded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle.
Cut a deep, wide pocket in each pork chop. Sprinkle half of sage into each pocket and stuff pockets with cheese and prosciutto. Pat chops dry and season with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper (total).
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch ovenproof heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Cook chops until undersides are golden, about 2 minutes, then turn chops and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
While chops cook, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 5-quart pot over medium heat until it shimmers. Sauté garlic until pale golden, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.
Transfer chops to a platter. Add butter and lemon juice to hot skillet, stirring and scraping up brown bits, then pour sauce over pork.
Serve pork with spinach.
Here are this week's Safeway specials:
New York Strip Steak - $4.99 per lb
Pork Loin Chops - $1.99 per lb
Whole Chicken - $1.49 per lb
Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs - $0.79 per lb
Grapes - $0.97 per lb (Great Deal!)
Pineapple - $2.99 each
Apples - $1.69 per lb
Barlett Pears - $1.49 per lb
Ghiradelli Brownie Mix - $2 a box (great deal for a good brownie mix)
Please note that each Safeway location is different. Please check Safeway.com to see your local specials.