Bacon chop with cider gooseberry sauce

The cider, thyme and lightly cooked gooseberry sauce gives a light and summery edge to a bacon chop.

Bacon chop with gooseberry cider sauceThanks to the Head Chef Ugo at local gastropub The Sun Inn, Dedham for this recipe. See his delicious blackcurrant focaccia too.

Serves two.

  • 1 knob of butter
  • 2 bacon chops, 120 – 150 g each
  • Salt and pepper
  • 250 g gooseberries
  • 1 wine glass full of dry cider
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy based frying pan.
  2. Brown the chop on both sides, add the gooseberries, cider and thyme.
  3. Cover and leave to cook on the hob for 10 – 15 mins on a low heat. The gooseberries should ‘melt’ and make their own sauce.
  4. Check the seasoning and add a touch of sugar if desired – it should have a resemblance of apple sauce in tartness.
  5. Serve immediately, with griddled new potatoes and wilted chard (see below).

Griddled new potatoes

  1. Blanch in a pan of salted water until cooked – allow to cool slightly then cut in half lengthways.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and season, then chargrill on a griddle pan until you have nice charred lines of crispness. Turn once and serve.

Wilted chard

  1. Select a handful of ruby or rainbow chard. Separate stalks and leaves, cut stalks into 3cm diagonals.
  2. Blanch for 1 – 2 mins, add leaves and blanch a further 1 minute. Strain.
  3. Saute in a knob of butter with half a garlic clove minced and season.

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