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If you’re hosting a small dinner gathering – or just making something special for your family – why not try this yummy recipe kindly given to us by the clever chefs at Spier.

Spier’s Signature range of easy-going wines can be enjoyed every day and includes one of our favourites – the Spier Signature Shiraz. A treat for you and your lucky dinner guests, this wine pairs perfectly with tender and juicy pork chops, coated in a mouth-watering golden crumble. This could easily become your go-to red wine!

Spier Signature Shiraz with crumbed pork loin chops with grilled fennel and orange salad, and a buttermilk drizzle (serves 4)

You’ll need: (For the drizzle and salad): 250ml buttermilk, 60ml mayonnaise, 15ml fresh lemon juice, a few drops of Tabasco sauce (optional), a few dill sprigs, finely chopped (extra for serving), salt and pepper to taste, 1 fennel bulb, finely sliced, a few crisp green salad leaves, 2 oranges, skinned and sliced/segmented. For the crumbed chops: 3-4 slices of white bread, 125ml cake or white bread flour, 2.5ml smoked paprika (optional), salt and pepper to taste, 3 eggs, 4 large pork loin chops, canola oil for frying

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To make: Place buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Tabasco, dill, salt and pepper in a small blender and blitz to a smooth sauce. Set aside. For the salad: Heat a griddle pan on high, grill the fennel in a single layer until lightly charred on both sides, remove and set aside. On a platter, arrange the salad leaves, fennel, orange and dill, then serve with the freshly fried pork chops (see below) and a drizzle of buttermilk dressing. For the pork chops: Process the bread to fine crumbs. Transfer to a wide bowl and set aside. In another wide bowl, mix the flour, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside. In a third bowl, whisk the eggs lightly and set them aside. Place the 3 bowls next to each other to form a prepping station. Dip each pork chop, one at a time, first into the flour mixture, then the eggs, then the crumbs, covering it on all sides. Place the prepared chops on a tray and heat about 0.5-1cm (deep) of oil in a wide pot or pan. When the oil is hot enough for frying, place the chops in the oil and fry on both sides until golden – 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper, then serve hot with the salad and dressing.

Spier Signature wines are widely available at retail outlets and supermarkets and online at shop.spier.co.za. For more information on Spier Wine Farm, contact 021 809 1143 or visit www.spier.co.za

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