Recipe & Wine Pairing

Pork Chops, Comté Polenta and Warm Baby Kale Salad



Far Niente
Estate Bottled
Cabernet Sauvignon

Oakville, Napa Valley

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Pork Chops, Comté Polenta and Warm Baby Kale Salad
(Serves 4)

Spice Rub:

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 teaspoons coriander seeds

½ teaspoon piment d’espelette

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

5 dried bay leaves


1 cup yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

⅔ cup olive oil

2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes

4 bone-in pork chops, 1-inch thick

Comté Polenta:

3 cups chicken stock

3 cups milk

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 cup yellow polenta

1 cup Comté cheese, grated

Warm Baby Kale Salad:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons shallots, diced super fine

¼ cup of white wine

¼ pound baby kale mix


Spice Rub:
To make the spice rub, process the black peppercorns, coriander seeds, piment d’espelette, ground cinnamon, grated nutmeg and bay leaves in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.

Note: We recommend marinating the meat overnight. Purée the chopped onion, chopped garlic, olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes in a blender or processor. Pour half of the marinade into a baking dish and spread evenly. Sprinkle the spice rub onto one side of the pork chops. Place the seasoned side down in the baking dish, then use the remaining marinade to cover the pork chops. Sprinkle the rest of the spice rub. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Comté Polenta:
In an eight-quart pot, bring the chicken stock, milk and salt to a slow boil. As the liquid begins to boil, add the polenta and whisk continuously until combined, about three minutes. Turn the heat down to low, then cover and cook for 45 minutes. Occasionally stir with a whisk and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every five to ten minutes. Remove the polenta from the heat, and stir in the Comté cheese. Check seasoning and add salt, if needed.

Marinated Pork Chops:
Preheat the grill to medium. Season the marinated pork chops with salt, then grill one side for about five minutes. Turn the pork chops over and cook the other side for another five minutes. Allow the chops to rest on the grill for five to ten minutes over indirect heat, which allows the meat to caramelize and almost char because of the natural sugars in the marinade.

Spread a generous dollop of polenta across the plate, with the warm kale salad placed to its side. Take your beautifully grilled pork chop and lay it across the polenta and kale. Pour yourself a glass of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon!