Balsamic pork with olives

Balsamic pork with olives

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(52 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
The perfect way to end a busy day, just 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat41g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs2g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    bal-sam-ick vin-ee-gah

    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 2 handfuls green olives, pitted and halved
  • large handful basil, chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Mix the oil with vinegar, mustard and garlic. Score the meat on both sides, season, then put into a dish. Pour over the balsamic mixture and leave to marinate for 5 mins.

  2. Heat a griddle pan until very hot. Lift the pork from the marinade, scraping off any garlic, then cook for 4 mins on each side. Remove the meat and keep warm. Pour the marinade into the pan with the olives, cook for 2 mins, then stir in the basil. Pour any juices from the pork into the pan, drizzle the sauce over the pork and serve with pasta.

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18th Jul, 2012
Really good midweek meal. Always trying to think of different ways to cook pork and this is great. Tasty and simple. We had it with pasta and red pesto which worked well.
3rd May, 2012
really tender and delicious
1st Mar, 2012
i cooked the pork in the oven in the marinade. came out perfect :)
12th Jan, 2015
Please could you tell us how long you cooked it in the oven for, and at what temperature. I hate my kitchen getting all smoky as I don't have an extractor hood above my oven : )
4th Feb, 2012
love this recipe. only difference i did was i cooked the pork in the oven in the marinade was delicious
30th Jan, 2012
This worked well for me. See what a few people have meant about the smoke though. Mine set the smoke alarm off!
19th Dec, 2011
Really nice flavour and my wife has insisted that I make it again. It does get very very smokey in the kitchen so make sure the window's open. Also, I'll turn the heat down a little to med/high next time as the first side became a little charred. The '2 minute resting' is essential to make sure the meat stays moist
24th Nov, 2011
Not blown away by this really. There wasnt any sauce which was a big let down. The olives were the best bit.
21st Jul, 2011
Fabulous recipe. Just had with a simple green bean salad (olive oil, garlic, white wine vinegar) as wife on a low carb diet presently. Different, Delicious, Special!
5th May, 2011
i really enjoyed this recipe as did our children but my husband wasnt so impressed.


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