Souvlaki-Style Pork Chops with Celeriac-Apple Tzatziki

Souvlaki-Style Pork Chops with Celeriac-Apple Tzatziki

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From: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2018

Traditional Greek souvlaki is marinated for hours, so to get similar flavor we season the pork chops with a bit more oregano after they're cooked to give them an extra-potent pop of flavor. Serve with a small Greek salad of lettuce, cucumber, olives, tomato and feta, if desired.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Zest & juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1¼ teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops, about ¾ inch thick (1 to 1¼ pounds)
  • 1 whole-wheat pita bread
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • ¾ cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup shredded apple
  • ½ cup shredded celeriac
  • Chopped fresh mint (optional)


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  1. Combine lemon zest in a small bowl with 1 teaspoon oregano, ½ teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. Sprinkle on both sides of pork chops. Brush pita with 2 teaspoons oil.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pita, turning once, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes total. Transfer to a plate, break into pieces and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the pork chops to the pan. Reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, until browned, about 5 minutes total. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons lemon juice (reserve the rest for Step 4) and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer registers 140°F, 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and sprinkle the pork with the remaining ¼ teaspoon oregano. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine yogurt, apple and celeriac in a medium bowl with the remaining lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve the pork chops with the tzatziki and the pita chips. Garnish with mint, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 chop, ½ cup tzatziki and ½ pita
  • Per serving: 387 calories; 21 g fat(6 g sat); 3 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 74 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 38 IU vitamin A; 10 mg vitamin C; 73 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 488 mg sodium; 514 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3½ lean protein, 1 fat, 1 starch

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