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Pork Chops Saltimbocca with Sautéed Spinach
- Active time:25 min
- Start to finish:20 min
- 2 (1-inch-thick) center-cut rib pork chops
- 2 sage leaves, finely chopped
- 2 very thin slices Italian Fontina
- 2 thin slices prosciutto (1 ounce)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 (10-ounce) bag fresh spinach, stems discarded
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in middle.
Cut a deep, wide pocket in each pork chop. Sprinkle half of sage into each pocket and stuff pockets with cheese and prosciutto. Pat chops dry and season with 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper (total).
Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch ovenproof heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Cook chops until undersides are golden, about 2 minutes, then turn chops and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
While chops cook, heat remaining Tbsp oil in a 5-qt pot over medium heat until it shimmers. Sauté garlic until pale golden, about 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt.
Transfer chops to a platter. Add butter and lemon juice to hot skillet, stirring and scraping up brown bits, then pour sauce over pork.
Serve pork with spinach.