grilled pork chops with apple-fennel slaw

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Here's a twist on veal milanese: Instead of a fried and breaded veal chop (fatty, expensive), grill a pork chop pounded thin the same way. Pair with a crisp fall salad.

Photo by Ditte Isager September 2008, Originally Posted on

serves 4

  • 1 bulb fennel
  • 2 large radishes
  • 1 red apple
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 center-cut rib pork chops (bone in; ask that they be pounded to ¼" thickness)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small head radicchio, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Thinly slice fennel and radishes (use a mandoline if you have one), and transfer to a large bowl. Slice apple the same way, and place in a small bowl with lemon juice. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. On a hot grill or grill pan, cook chops 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer the apple (reserving the lemon juice) to the large bowl, and toss with fennel, radishes and radicchio. Whisk mustard and olive oil into reserved juice, and toss with the slaw. Season to taste. Top pork chops with slaw and serve.

3 Responses to "grilled pork chops with apple-fennel slaw"

cam said :
November 4, 2008 at 11:47 AM
I made this last night, and it was great! I forgot to buy the bulb fennel, so I just made it mostly radishes.. I still loved it!
Anonymous said :
November 6, 2008 at 4:48 AM
I made it too and also forgot the fennel! Less green, but VERY beautiful and tasty. The missionaries liked this...always a good test group, because young men away from home and "mama's cooking" often fail to enjoy trying adventurous foods ("whats fennel?"). I take this as an excellent sign. Personally, I love the juxtaposition of fresh, tart, crunch with the tender, down home chop. HMMMMM!!! Quick and easy and would definitely make again!
cam said :
November 7, 2008 at 3:24 PM
It really was great. My poor husband grew up on casseroles and has a hard time with things that actually taste like something, but he filed this under "things I would like to eat again" which is a big deal in David world.

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