16 ounces fresh green beans
1/2 cup almond slivers
5 cloves garlic
2-3 sprigs thyme
4 bone-in pork chops
2 pounds yellow potatoes
1.5 stick plus 5 additional tablespoons salted butter
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup 2% milk
Prepare your sides by first peeling your potatoes and setting them in a bowl of cold water. The helps to remove some of the excess starch from the potatoes. Because we’re using fresh green beans, I like to snap off the ends of them and place those in a sauce pan so they’re all prepped and ready to go! Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan. Once melted, add in your almond slivers and toast those on medium heat until golden brown. Boil potatoes for 20-25 minutes or until fork-tender. Boil green beans for 10 minutes.
Season both sides of your pork chops with salt and pepper to taste, and make sure to also season the sides of your pork chops (especially that fat ring, because we’re going to render that off later). Make sure your pork chops come to room temperature before beginning the cooking process. This helps them cook more evenly and keep from drying out.
Heat up a frying pan on high heat with your olive oil. Once the oil is very hot, add in your pork chops. Cook 1 minute on each side to get some good color. Next, sear the fat ring on the side for about 1 minute.
Once your chops are browned on all sides and that fat is rendered off, turn heat down to medium and add in 2 tablespoons of butter and 5 garlic cloves. Also add a few sprigs of thyme into the pan and now we cook and baste! Basting your pork chops with the flavored butter helps retain moisture, and also helps the pork to cook all the way through. You want a total of 3.5-4 minutes of cook time on each side depending on the thickness of your pork chops.
Let your pork chops rest for 8 minutes, covered, before you serve.
While the pork is resting, drain your potatoes and mash together with 1.5 sticks of softened butter, salt, pepper, and milk. Combine 2 tablespoons of butter with your green beans and add the toasted almonds to those green beans.
Serve up the pork chops, green beans with toasted almonds, and mashed potatoes and you have quite the meal!