Sometimes I set my expectations too high and I am disappointed. Other times I don’t really expect much and I end up being blown away by the end result.
Whether it’s food or people, I’m sure we’ve all experienced this in life.
And on Friday night, I was blown away by a dinner that I wasn’t sure would be anything special.
Pork chops. They can be boring.
And mashed sweet potatoes – been there, done that.
I don’t think I even have to explain why green beans could be seen as dull.
But boring and dull are not how I would describe Moroccan-Spiced Pork Chops with mashed sweet potatoes and lemony green beans.
In fact, this dinner was worthy of a glass of wine.
To ensure that the whole dinner is ready at the same time, get started on your potatoes first. I cut up the potatoes (the last of our sweet potato stash) and placed in a pot of cold water. Bring the potatoes to a boil and cook until fork tender. While the potatoes were cooking, I made the red pepper sauce that was incredible and should totally be in the title of the dish. The red pepper sauce is a mix of roasted red peppers, almonds (for a lovely texture and nuttiness), garlic, coriander and cumin whirled together with a little bit of EVOO to bring together the sauce. Once the sauce was prepared, I seasoned the pork chops with all the spices that were going to be in the potatoes (this is an extra flavor addition that isn’t in the original recipe): coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper. The pork chops are seared until cooked through. Once the sweet potatoes are tender, drain and mash them along with coconut milk (I had an already-opened-can that was begging to be used) and all the above spices. The green beans are simply steamed and then tossed with a pat of butter and the juice of half a lemon before being sprinkled with salt and pepper.
This wine-worthy dinner comes together in about 40 minutes and is truly special. So many flavors from the Moroccan-inspired spices.
For our wine, we poured a 2012 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir.
The aroma had hints of berries and wildflowers while the wine was incredibly smooth on the tongue. Despite being a Pinot Noir it was rich and full without being heavy. An incredible wine that I highly suggest sipping.