When hosting the Spain regional forum for another recipe site, I came to really love and appreciate Spanish cuisine. All the fresh peppers, vegetables, and cheeses, and the wonderful use of Mediterranean spices and the abundance of seafood and small ranch-raised beef and pork really appealed to my taste buds. And this is one of my favorite Spanish recipes. It's from the Basque region of Spain.
1Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper. Dedge chops in the flour, and shake off excess.
2Heat vegetable oil in skillet; add chops and cook about 3 to 5 minutes each side, or just until browned on both sides. Transfer chops to a platter.
3Drain vegetable oil from skillet, and wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Add olive oil to the skillet. Add the garlic, onion, green (or yellow) pepper and red pepper, and cook about 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add wine, and cook 1 more minute. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, olives, and thyme to the skillet. Seasone with salt and pepper, if desired. Bring mixture to a low boil. Place chops on top. Cover the skillet, and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes or until tender.
4Transfer chops to a platter, and cover with foil to keep warm. Bring the mixture in the skillet to a boil, and cook for about 3 minutes or until slightly reduced to about 2 1/4 cups.