Zesty Grilled Pork Chop w/ Roasted Zucchini and Lemon Ricotta Spinach Sauce

This dish can be prepared in less than an hour. It just takes a little culinary juggling. So be prepared to use your time efficiently so that all components come together at the same time.

2Pork chops, thick cut
Sleeper's Paisano Seasoning
Olive oil
2 poundsZucchini, 1" cubes
Lemon juice
2 tablespoonsUnsalted butter
4 ounces, about 2 cupsFresh spinach, roughly chopped
4 ouncesRicotta cheese
2 ouncesHeavy whipping cream
1 Lemon
1 ounceGrated Parmesan
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Fresh mint chiffonade, for garnish


Preheat oven to 450º

Season chops with Paisano on both sides to your taste and massage with olive oil. Set aside.

Chop Zucchini into 1” cubes and place on cookie sheet in single layer. Season lightly with Paisano, drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Place in oven and roast approximately 15 minutes.

Check for crisping and brownness, and turn once to crisp other sides-- maybe another 10 minutes. When at your preferred crispness, remove from oven, give chunks a squirt of lemon juice, toss and set aside keeping warm.

While zucchini is roasting, grill meat in a cast-iron skillet or on an outdoor grill. Grill each side approximately 4-5 minutes depending on chop thickness.

Reduce oven heat to 350º and place chops in oven covered to finish cooking (approximately 10 minutes). Remove from oven when done and set aside to rest. Flesh should spring back at your touch.

Cut lemon in half. Squeeze juice and zest for 1 teaspoon of zest. Use other half of lemon for garnish.

While meat is finishing, in medium sauté pan, melt butter and add spinach. Lightly sprinkle with Paisano seasoning and cook until thoroughly wilted and water is evaporated.

Add ricotta, whipping cream, juice and zest of 1/2 lemon. Stir well. Add parmesan and cook thoroughly. If sauce is too thick for your liking, add another teaspoon of cream. Adjust seasoning with a dash of salt and pepper, if required. Set aside.

To serve, warm dinner plate in oven for a minute or two so your hot food goes on a surface that holds the heat. Place one chop on each plate with a scoop of the zucchini on the side. Top with sauce and a sprinkle of the mint ribbons and a sliver of lemon.

Serves 2.

Serve with your favorite wine or sparkling water flavored with a little of the extra lemon and mint.

Copyright 2003-2019 by Savor California. All rights reserved.