The modern-day Italian American version of cacciatore typically contains bone-in chicken pieces in a garlicky, wine-enhanced tomato sauce studded with onions, peppers, and mushrooms. For a fresh revamp, we decided to use bone-in pork chops that had just enough fat to work well when braised. The bone adds flavor, and using bone-in chops honors the spirit and tradition of the dish.
- 4 (8- to 10-ounce) bone-in pork loin chops, 3/4 to 1 inch thick, trimmed
- 2 1/2 teaspoons table salt, divided
- 2 teaspoons pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, trimmed and quartered
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped (1 cup)
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced thin
- 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Pat chops dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Working with 1 chop at a time, dredge in flour, shaking off excess; transfer chops to a baking sheet.
Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add chops and cook until browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Let excess oil drip from chops, then return chops to the baking sheet.
Add mushrooms, pepper, onion, garlic, rosemary sprigs, pepper flakes, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt to the oil left in the skillet. Cook until vegetables are just softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in wine and cook until nearly evaporated, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
Nestle chops into sauce and cook until chops register 140 degrees F, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.
Transfer chops to a platter. Discard rosemary sprigs, then spoon sauce over chops. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
White mushrooms can be substituted for the cremini.
One 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes will yield more than enough for this recipe.
Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
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