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John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen

Spanish pork chops and dumplings

Easy to make and full of flavour, this Spanish dish is a great option for all of the family. Serve with mashed potato if you wish.

Serves 4

Prep: 20 minutesCook: 1hr 10 minutes

Ingredients

50ml olive oil4 bone-in pork chops (Approx 4 cm thick) - fat scored deeplySalt and black ground pepper100g smoked chorizo, cubed1 tsp smoked paprika1 large white onion, sliced100ml dry red wine400g tin chopped tomatoes200ml stock of choice or water400g tin kidney beans, drained

Dumplings:

75g chopped suet200g plain flour10g baking powder12g butterBunch of chopped fresh parsley & coriander125ml water, room temperature

Method

  • Preheat oven to 165C/gas 3.

  • For pork chops: Oil and season the pork chops with salt and pepper and sear in a hot pan. Turn the chops when they stop sizzling. Add the chopped chorizo and paprika and colour.

  • Remove the pork chops from the casserole pan. Add onions and paprika and cook for a couple of minutes. Pour in the wine stirring well to incorporate all the bits from the base of the pan.

  • Return the chops to the pan with the chopped tomatoes, stock (or water) and kidney beans, stir well. Return to the boil. Cover with a lid.

  • Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

  • For dumplings: Place the suet in a bowl. Add the flour and baking powder, rub in the butter, stir in parsley, coriander and water and season well with salt. Roll the dough into 8-10 golf-ball sized balls.

  • Remove the casserole from the oven and place the dumplings on top. There should be lots of juice - give the dumplings a little roll in the juice so they are all coated and return the pan back into the oven increasing the heat to 180C/gas 4.

  • For a crispy top leave the dish uncovered. For a softer texture, place the lid back on. Either way, bake for a further 20 minutes.

  • If liked - serve with creamy mashed potato.

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John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen