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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30th Mar, 2011
Made this for 2 people but kept the quantity of marinade/sauce the same. As griddle was already so hot after cooking the pork, I took it off the heat when i added the olives & sauce. Used sliced black olives from a jar & had no basil. Served mine with sauce over the tagliatelle & husband's with sugar snap peas. Delicious!
30th Mar, 2011
Great pork chops in a hurry, have to say the sauce has the potential to burn if you take your eye off it. I served it with left over Cauliflower cheesy and it was lovely. Had no fresh basil and it was still a good dish
30th Mar, 2011
Nice chops to have in a hurry. Watch the sauce at the end could burn if you take your eye off it, served it with some left over cheese cauliflower, I did enjoy!!!!
30th Mar, 2011
Just made this for dinner tonight. Absolutely delicious! I thought it may have been more acidic with the balsamic vinegar but it was really tasty and subtle. I served this with roast new potatoes with onions and peppers which worked really well. Will definitely be making this one again!
26th Mar, 2011
Fantastic for a midweek me. OH was very impressed that we had this during the week and not at the w/e when we usually have special dishes.
4th Dec, 2010
This is a great dish although prefer it with mustard mash to pasta.
19th Oct, 2010
We had this after a busy day at work, took next to no time to prepare,and was out of this world well beyond our expectations i found the marinade dried up quite a bit so had too add more balsamic but that was easy to sort just added more !! Definately a keep recipe
27th May, 2010
Beautiful, very tender. I left out the olives for the kids, they loved it.
21st Apr, 2010
Very easy and very nice!
7th Sep, 2009
Tasted gorgeous but did set fire alarm off. Kids usually turn their noses up at pork, but scoffed every bit of this. Definitely do again, as it was so nice.


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