Once again Bon Appetit is appealing to my taste buds with this recipe. Pork chops are a regular staple in my diet, I love acorn squash, AND simple recipes! Although I’ve never been a huge fan of cilantro, it was perfect in this recipe, really complimenting the flavour of the squash seeds, I actually found myself eating the extra seeds mixed with fresh chopped cilantro! As always, I made a few modifications to the recipe, cutting it down to a single serving, and using the acorn squash seeds instead of pumpkin seeds. It also said to shell the seeds, which I definitely was not going to take the time to do! Instead I left them whole and roughly chopped them as stated in the recipe, and it tasted great!
Pork Chop & Acorn Squash with Squash Seed Vinaigrette
- 1 tbsp acorn squash seeds chopped
- 1 acorn squash
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- 1 pork chop
- 1 1/2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 clove garlic finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Cut acorn squash in half, remove and rinse seeds, pat dry with paper towel.
- Once oven has preheated, place seeds on a baking sheet, baking until just starting to brown.
- While seeds are roasting, cut squash into wedges, brushing with some olive oil, and salt & pepper to taste.
- Once seeds are roasted, remove from oven, place acorn squash in.
- As acorn squash cooks, flip about every 10-15 minutes, cooking for 30-45 minutes, or until tender.
- While squash is cooking, prepare your vinaigrette. Combine squash seeds, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, two tablespoons of olive oil, and salt & pepper in a bowl.
- Once your squash has roasted for 30 minutes, brush pork chop with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and cook in a pan on medium-high heat for about 5-8 minutes on one side, until browned, and about 3 more minutes on the other side.
- Once squash and pork chop are done, plate, drizzle with vinaigrette, and serve.
Even though i’ve eaten acorn squash many times, I didn’t realize you could just eat the skin until reading this recipe, which makes me like it even more! It cooks down to be thing and a little bit crispy, add a little crunch to the squash which was great! This is a great, easy recipe that will definitely be finding its way back into my dinner plans in the future!