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Baked pork chops with summer vegetables and white wine recipe

pork and spring vegetables waiting to be baked“I’ve always been suspicious of those.”
I was reaching for some Romano peppers. Curious, I glanced round. The lady beside me was smiling. No one ever talks to me in the supermarket, apart from the staff at the checkout.

In an elongated split second I twigged that she was probably chatty, not mad.
“Are they very hot?” She queried.
“No, they have delicate flavour. Light years beyond the bell pepper.”
We talked for a few minutes.

Her daughter had flung a pork chop into the garden at seventeen and declared, “I am now a vegetarian.”
Overnight the entire family had switched from being carnivores to vegetarians. I was fascinated. It’s a battle to get Danny to eat a vegetarian meal and not find him grilling a steak at two in the morning.

“Was this change difficult?”

“My husband is the son of butcher, third generation.”
“And he gave up eating meat?” I was intrigued.
Her response was quiet and confidential. “Sometimes, he goes out and buys himself meat. As a treat. Generally at weekends.”

“You should definitely try these Romano peppers, and also these small green Marmara peppers. They are delicious in salads.”

She nodded but didn’t reach for the packs. Bell peppers are fine but Romano and Marmara peppers are the sort of deilacte peppers that make me want to eat vegetables by the shovelful.

This afternoon, knowing that it was my turn to cook (pork chops) I let my mind drift over what was in the fridge. Salad onions, tiny sweet tomatoes and the peppers. I like salad and slow baked food, it gives me time to get out in the garden for a while. I decided to cook these special peppers. Great summer flavours combined well with the density of the pork. Very easy and delicious. They would make great tapas. Gentle when fresh, the cooking enhances their flavour.

Baked pork chops with peppers, tomatoes and white wine recipe

Set the oven temperature to 180c (160c fan)


  • 2 chubby pork chops
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 Marmara peppers
  • 1 Romano pepper
  • 1 fat clove of garlic
  • 2 tbls of olive oil
  • 100ml of dry white wine


  1. Wash all vegetables.
  2. Slice a strip off the top of the Marmara peppers, and clean out the seeds. Don’t remove the ends as these will be the boats for your sauce.
  3. Halve the Romano peppers, deseed and chop into fine slices.
  4. Remove the outer layer of the spring onion and slice well into the green.
  5. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Crush and chop the garlic.
  6. Arrange the chops and the Marmara peppers in an ovenproof dish. Fill the Marmara peppers with the garlic,sliced Romao peppers and sprig onions. Drizzle the olive oil over the peppers
  7. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for twenty five minutes. Then remove foil, turn the chops and bake for a further twenty minutes.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Richard,

    Your recipe sounds delicious, great idea to put the potatoes in at the same time. We want to eat well but not spend hours slaving away.

    Hi Amanda,

    I call it working in the garden but it’s really playing as this is how I relax.

  2. Amanda

    This sounds perfect! I love meals like this so I too can get in the garden, but more to play than work. Possibly why your garden looks a lot more beautiful than ours. I think I just learned something!

  3. Richard

    This sounds great – pork chops are a regular item in our house (there are two in the fridge for tonight as it happens). Last week, I baked them in the oven with jersey royals and beetroot – will get round to posting about it when work permits!

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