We’re giving a classic Italian dish a makeover with fresh pork! This Pork Piccata with Linguine is an easy meal to make any night of the week and one that the whole family will love!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield Fresh Pork.
One of the most famous scenes from the Godfather is that of Clemenza showing Sonny how to make the sauce. However, it wasn’t really the recipe itself but rather the ‘how’ that made the scene so endearing. “You start out with a little bit of oil, you fry some garlic, and you throw in some tomatoes, some tomato paste, you fry it, make sure it doesn’t stick, you got it to a boil, shove in your sausages and meatballs, and a little bit of wine, a little sugar, and that’s my trick.”
I can remember my mother trying to teach my sister-in-law how to make certain recipes that my brother grew up with, and the directions were basically a mirror image of that scene, with measurements being “a little of this,” a “splash of that,” or, my favorite, “just watch how I do it.”
In other words, “Food is the language of culture given physical form,” and as with spoken language, ‘fluency’ is defined not by the precise use of ingredients or cooking methods, but by what comes naturally or simply what ‘feels’ right. In other words, you can continue stumbling over the prep of certain dishes, you can continue failing to understand the precise ‘why’ or ‘when’ of certain ingredients, but if their use is natural or ‘second nature,’ and the end result delicious, you’ve become fluent.
Why do I bring this up? For the simple reason that that’s pretty much the story behind today’s recipe.
Some context. Piccata in the US is thought of almost exclusively as a chicken dish, whereas in Italy it’s usually made either with veal or, particularly in Milan, with swordfish. In each case, the basics stay the same – we begin with a thinly sliced or flattened piece of meat or fish, called the ‘scaloppine,’ while the ‘piccata’ is the method of cooking.
Today, we’re breaking with all three traditional variations and are preparing it with fresh pork served over a bed of linguine. And I promise the end result will be just as ‘natural’ and ‘delicious’ as the classic versions we all love.
Today, the ‘scaloppine’ part of the equation is thinly sliced Smithfield Fresh Pork, which I very much prefer for this recipe and is available at my local Shoprite and select grocery stores nationwide. I used the Smithfield Prime Boneless Fresh Pork Loin as its hand-trimmed, features superior color and marbling, and doesn’t contain the use of hormones, steroids, or other growth stimulants. You can also find a wide variety of cuts, including chops, tenderloins, roasts, ribs, and ground pork, as well as an assortment of pre-marinated flavors, such as Roasted Garlic & Herb, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sweet Teriyaki, and more.
Start off by slicing the pork to about a quarter of an inch in thickness, and then prepare a shallow bowl with the seasoned flour described below and bread the slices in this mixture.
After that, heat a large cast iron frying pan with about a quarter of an inch of canola oil and a tablespoon of butter. Once that’s heated, sauté the pork up a few slices at a time, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. You’re going to want to sauté each slice for about two to four minutes on each side, depending on how thick or thin you sliced the meat. The resulting slices should turn out a delicious looking golden color.
Now, remove any excess oil from the frying pan but do – not – wipe the pan clean. While the pan is still warm, add another tablespoon of butter – because it makes everything better (I speak from vast personal experience) – and two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Toss in the chopped scallions and sauté them for about a minute while tossing, before adding the grated garlic, lemon juice, capers, caper juice, and finally the vegetable broth (or chicken broth, if you prefer), and let that simmer for a couple of minutes. After that, add in the wine and continue simmering on a gentle heat for another couple of minutes.
Once that’s all taken care of, simply prepare your preferred pasta, and toss it into the prepared sauce. Then top with some fresh parsley, some grated cheese and a final drizzle of olive oil and lemon for effect, then top with the prepared pork chops. Just like that, you’ve got a delicious, if slightly non-traditional, Pork Piccata.
Living the Gourmet
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
4 based on 4 review(s)
- Smithfield Prime Boneless Fresh Pork Loin about 1 lb. sliced thin
- 1 ½ cups flour
- Juice of 1 fresh lemon
- 1 bunch of Italian parsley – stems removed and chopped
- ½ cup of wine – preferably white
- 2 tbs. butter
- 4 tbs. of caper – plus 4 tbs. of caper juice
- 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 4 cloves of garlic – grated
- 1 bunch of fresh scallions – chopped
- Canola oil – for frying
- Olive oil - for drizzling
- Fresh Romano cheese for grating
- 1 pound of linguine or your favorite pasta
- Slice the pork to approximately a ¼ inch thickness.
- Prepare the flour in a shallow bowl and season with the seasonings listed.
- Heat a large cast iron frying pan with ¼ inch of canola oil and a tablespoon of butter.
- Add a few slices of the dredged pork to the pan, do not overcrowd the pan!
- Saute each slice for 2 – 4 minutes on each side, the cooking time depends on the thickness of the pork slice. The slices should be a beautiful golden color on each side when done. Set the cooked slices aside and keep warm while preparing the sauce.
- Remove excess oil from the pan, but do not wipe the pan clean!
- Add a tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil to the pan that the pork was cooked in.
- Add the chopped scallions and saute for a minute, tossing. Add the grated garlic, lemon juice, capers, caper juice, chicken or vegetable broth and simmer on a gentle heat for a minute or two. Add the wine and continue to simmer on a gentle heat for another minute or two. Taste for seasoning of salt and pepper.
- Prepare the linguine as directed or your favorite pasta.
- Lift the linguine into the prepared sauce.
- Serve topped with the fresh parsley, grated cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, fresh squeeze of lemon, fresh ground black pepper, red pepper flakes and the top with the cooked pork.
Enjoy with Love!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield Fresh Pork.