Skillet Suppers: Easy Pork Chops with Fig and Arugula Salad


[Photographs: Maryse Chevriere]

Pork chops are an easy and delicious dinner, not only because they taste good but also because it's super simple to make a tasty sauce from the brown bits left over in the pan. Simply add some shallots, broth, wine, and other seasonings that you like, and, bingo bango, you've got a rich and flavorful sauce to top your chop with. Plus, it gives the pork chops a chance to rest while the sauce is being made and everyone wins.

Figs (which I love) are in season right now and I also happen to be a fan of salads, especially for rounding out a meal like this one. The sweetness of the figs contrasts nicely with the tanginess of the dressing and the creaminess of the cheese. If figs aren't available, you could substitute in pears, citrus segments, or even dried fruit.

Note: Make sure to remove the chops from the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before cooking them so they aren't cold, and pat them dry so that they get a nice sear on them.

About the Author: Yasmin Fahr is a food lover, writer, and cook. Follow her @yasminfahr for more updates on her eating adventures and discoveries, which will most likely include tomatoes. And probably feta. Happy eating!