Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Sautéed Kale & Sweet Potato Mash.

  • 4 cloves
    garlic
  • 1 bunch
    kale
  • 4
    pork chops, bone-in
  • 1 ½ lb
    sweet potatoes
  •  
    apple cider vinegar
  •  
    black pepper
  •  
    butter, unsalted
  •  
    crushed red pepper
  •  
    salt
  •  
    virgin coconut oil
  • 1
    Wash and dry the fresh produce.
    1 ½ lb sweet potatoes
    1 bunch kale
  • 2
    Cut out and discard the stems from the kale leaves; chop the leaves into 1-inch pieces and transfer to a medium bowl.
  • 3
    Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch cubes; transfer to a small saucepan. Cover the potatoes with hot water (from the tap) by about 1 inch; bring to a boil over high heat.
  • 4
    Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • 5
    While the skillet heats up, pat the pork chops dry with paper towels and place on a plate; season generously with salt and pepper on both sides.
    4 pork chops, bone-in
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp black pepper
  • 6
    Once the skillet is hot, add coconut oil and swirl to coat the bottom.
    1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 7
    Place the pork chops in the skillet and sear until they develop a nice crust, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Then, reduce the heat to medium and cook the chops, flipping occasionally, until they are cooked through (test using a thermometer or cut into a chop with a knife), another 3 to 5 minutes. Once done, transfer the pork to a plate.
  • 8
    Once the water in the saucepan is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high and boil the potatoes until they can be easily pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Scoop out 1 cup of the cooking water and drain the rest. Cover the potatoes to keep warm.
  • 9
    Trim off and discard the root ends of the garlic; peel and mince or press the garlic.
    4 cloves garlic
  • 10
    Once the pork has been transferred, add the garlic, crushed red pepper, kale, and 1 cup water to the skillet; toss to combine. Cover with a lid and cook until the kale is wilted but still green, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove the cover and continue to cook, stirring, until all of the liquid has evaporated, another 1 to 2 minutes.
    ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 11
    Remove the kale from the heat, then drizzle with apple cider vinegar and season with salt and pepper, toss to combine.
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    ½ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 12
    Add ½ of the reserved liquid, butter, salt, and pepper to the potatoes; mash with a potato masher until smooth. Add more of the liquid to thin out the mash if needed.
    2 tbsp butter, unsalted
    ½ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 13
    To serve, divide the sweet potato mash, sautéed kale, and pork chops between plates. Enjoy!