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Zesty and Fresh Gremolata Pork Chops Recipe — So Simple and Elegant

A zingy easy-prep topping adds brightness to these juicy chops

If I had to pick three ingredients that are a must-have in my kitchen, I’d choose parsley, lemons and garlic. They add brightness and zing to so many recipes that I find myself reaching for them again and again. Plus, the flavor of these few humble ingredients blended together transform into something extra-special — gremolata! This vibrant Italian condiment is traditionally sprinkled over osso buco, but it is also delicious atop veggies, stews and more. Case in point: Our Gremolata Pork Chops recipe.

When making gremolata, be sure the parsley is dry. Chopping damp herbs results in a mushy texture. Then combine the parsley with grated lemon zest and garlic and chop them all together. It doesn’t get easier than that! Whip up a batch to add a pop to any recipe! If you love it on our Gremolata Pork Chops recipe, let us know in the comments below.

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4 serving

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  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. crushed dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (¾") thick bone-in rib end pork loin chops, about 2 lbs.
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil


• Heat oven to 400°F. Coat roasting pan with cooking spray. In bowl, combine parsley, garlic and lemon zest; reserve. In separate bowl, combine garlic powder, rosemary, salt, pepper and cayenne; rub over chops.

• In bowl, combine tomatoes, chickpeas and oil. Transfer to roasting pan. Top with pork chops. Roast until pork is no longer pink near bone, 15–18 min. If desired, broil until chops are lightly browned, about 3 min. Top with reserved parsley mixture.


  • Calories: 410
  • Fat: 15 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 4 gram
  • Protein: 42 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 26 gram
  • Fiber: 7 gram
  • Cholesterol: 95 mg
  • Sugar: 6 gram
  • Sodium: 610 mg
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