This was delicious and easy. This was a great dish, and a perfect one for a romantic dinner at home, or when entertaining guests. I’ve made it twice now — exactly as the recipe was written — to great raves both times.
- YIELD Makes 4 servings
- ACTIVE TIME 30 minutes
- TOTAL TIME 50 minutes
- 2 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 3 pounds winter squash (such as acorn, kabocha, delicata, or butternut), halved, seeded, cut into 1″ wedges
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- 4 1″-thick bone-in pork chops
- 1/2 small garlic clove, finely grated
- 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro plus leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lime juice
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread out pumpkin seeds on a large rimmed baking sheet. Toast, tossing once, until just beginning to darken, about 4 minutes. Let cool. Coarsely chop; set aside.
- Toss squash with 1 tablespoon oil on a large rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast squash, turning occasionally, until golden brown and tender, 35-40 minutes.
- When squash has been roasting for 30 minutes, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork chops with salt and pepper and cook until brown, 5-8 minutes. Turn over and cook until pork is cooked through, about 3 minutes longer.
- Whisk garlic, 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons lime juice, reserved toasted pumpkin seeds, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a small bowl to combine. Season vinaigrette with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.
- Divide squash and pork among plates; spoon vinaigrette over. Top with cilantro leaves.