Keep these chops stashed in the refrigerator for days when you just don't have the time or the will to cook. You'll need to begin this recipe a day ahead.
- 6 pork chops (about 350gm each)
- 110 gm (¾ cup) sea salt flakes
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 6 thyme sprigs
- 1.1 kg goose fat, warmed
- To serve: green salad
- 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 2 baby fennel bulbs, finely chopped
- 370 gm small green lentils
- 3 fresh bay leaves
- 500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock or water
- 1Place chops in a non-reactive baking dish in a single layer, scatter each side with salt, garlic and thyme. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- 2Preheat oven to 160C. Remove thyme and garlic from pork and reserve. Rinse pork under cold water to remove salt, pat dry with absorbent paper and return to baking dish. Return garlic and thyme to dish and cover with goose fat. Cover with foil and bake until tender (2 hours).
- 3For braised lentils, heat oil in a large saucepan, add onion and cook over medium heat until soft (5 minutes). Add carrot and fennel and sauté until soft (3 minutes). Add lentils, bay leaves and stock or water, bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until lentils are soft, skimming occasionally (40 minutes). Season to taste.
- 4Serve chops immediately with lentils and a green salad to the side.