Even though “Dukkah” sounds a bit like “Dookie”, this Dukkah Crusted Pork is anything but(t)! HAHA IM SO FUNNY IN SO MANY WAYS RIGHT? Dukkah is an Egyptian spice blend that #1) tastes heavenly, nutty, crunchy, and beyond satisfying #2) you can make on your own, or #3) you can take easy way out and buy at Trader Joe’s (or any higher-end grocery store).
Dukkah Crusted Pork with Roasted Apple and Arugula Salad
To give you a bit more insight as to what dukkah is, it is essentially a delicious spice blend that is composed of many nuts and seeds (the combination of which could vary widely; from sesame seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc- PLUS a few flavorful herbs like thyme, mint, rosemary, etc). All in all, while dukkah is highly customizable if you make it yourself…. nobody will judge you if you buy a pre-made dukkah mixture from the grocery store and call it a day. 😉 Shhhh, your secret is safe with me.
Don’t skip the salad (unless you don’t like yummy things that blend perfectly together). The blend of roasted apples, arugula, walnuts, lemon, and blue cheese truly compliments the dukkah crusted pork chops. Oh, and the dukkah pork chops get drizzled on a bed of balsamic glaze if you REAAAAALLY love yummy things. So much YES!
This recipe comes together in a snap, and is very hands-off (minus dunking your pork chops in the dukkah mixture – although that is the fun part; reminds me of those Kraft Shake-N-Bake dinners from childhood. Remember those?!)
Dukkah Crusted Pork with Roasted Apples and Arugula- Serves (4)
Dukkah Crusted Pork Ingredients:
- (4) thick boneless, center-cut pork chops
- 3/4 cup Dukkah, + 6 cloves garlic (minced), + 2 small lemons (zested), combined in shallow bowl
- 1/3 cup Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour (i.e. Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Salt & Pepper
- Optional: Balsamic Glaze/Drizzle for serving
Roasted Apple and Arugula Salad Ingredients:
- 3 medium gala apples, cored and sliced into wedges
- 5 oz arugula
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving
- Chopped walnuts, to taste
- Blue cheese, to taste
- (2) Zested lemons (from dukkah crusted pork), for serving
- Salt & Pepper, for serving
Dukkah Crusted Pork (with Roasted Apples and Arugula Salad) Preparation:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees (If you have a convection oven, set it to ‘Roast’ at 400 degrees).
- On a baking sheet lined with foil, toss the sliced gala apples with honey, 1 tbsp olive oil, & salt/pepper to taste.
- Lightly spray a baking sheet (lined with foil) for the pork chops.
- Divide the flour, eggs, and dukkah mixture into 3 separate bowls.
- Dip each pork chop into the flour mixture, coating both sides. Next dip into egg mixture, and finally dukkah mixture. Place each pork chop onto baking sheet.
- Place apples into oven; set timer for 30 minutes (stirring once or twice throughout).
- Place pork in oven; set timer for 20-30 minutes, depending on thickness of pork chops. Ensure that pork comes to an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees. Let pork chops sit for 5-7 minutes before serving (they will continue to raise a few degrees internally).
- While dukkah pork chops rest, combine arugula in large bowl with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, a good squeeze of lemon juice, walnuts, blue cheese, and salt/pepper. Top salad with roasted apples.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze on plate, place dukkah crusted pork on top, and serve roasted apple/arugula salad on the side. ENJOY!!!