Qualfon, a people-driven business process outsourcing (BPO) company and global provider of contact center services, announced today that a 60-year-old family favorite recipe for Pork & Pickles won first prize at Qualfon’s inaugural Colorado Cook-Off. The dish was submitted by Nathalie Meignein, Scheduling Analyst at Qualfon, whose grandmother started making the dish in France decades ago. Don’t miss the recipe at the end of this article!
Beating out other contestant dishes such as smothered steak, hot wings, and buttercream mints, Pork & Pickles’ unexpected mishmash of flavors was the undisputed favorite and caught the judges’ attention both in name and flavor.
“It was delicious!” said Amy Bluemel, one of five judges and Special Services Coordinator at Qualfon. “Pork & Pickles was different from any other entrée entry, and I had my doubts about the combination. But it didn’t taste like what I anticipated. While the other dishes were excellent, Pork & Pickles was the unanimous winner—perhaps because it took all the judges by surprise.”
Dating back over 60 years, this unique recipe originated in a small area of France called Loire Valley, where Meignein’s grandmother created the dish. In her grandmother’s day, pork chops were less expensive in Loire Valley, so the dish was easy and economical for feeding the large Meignein family. Through the years, the family has shared hours of joy making the dish together and has passed the tradition down for three generations.
Qualfon’s Fun@Work program sponsored the cook-off and presented Meignein with a gift card prize. As part of the project, recipe cards were collected and will ultimately be compiled to create a Qualfon Colorado Cookbook for employees.
“Pork & Pickles was my sister’s favorite dish growing up and something that always reminds me of my family,” said Meignein. “It’s actually easy to make, so I encourage everyone to give it a try and see what you think!” Meignein was generous enough to share her family’s recipe. Enjoy!
Meignein Family Pork & Pickles Recipe
- 4-6 pork chops (Note: Do not use loin chops)
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon of thyme (or 4 sprigs)
- 1/2 tablespoon of parsley, chopped (optional)
- Olive oil (1-2 tablespoons)
- Salt (Note: The pickle juice and chicken stock will add additional salt to the dish)
- Pepper (Chef’s preference)
- 1/4 cup of white wine
- 6 small dill pickles, sliced
- 1/2 cup of pickle juice (Note: Use more or less pickles and/ or pickle juice depending on your preference)
- Chicken stock (Note: The amount of chicken stock needed depends on the number of chops cooked. 2 cups is typically sufficient for 4-6 chops.)
- 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch
- Slightly salt and pepper the chops.
- Brown the chops in olive oil in a large saucepan.
- Remove the chops and deglaze the saucepan with wine.
- Place the chops back in the deglazed saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients (except for the cornstarch), adding the chicken stock last until it almost covers the chops.
- Cover the saucepan and simmer until cooked through, depending on the thickness of the chops.
- Remove the chops.
- Mix cornstarch with 1/2 cup of cold chicken stock. (Note: The corn starch must be added to cold chicken stock to ensure the proper consistency.)
- Slowly (and sparingly) add the mixture of cornstarch and chicken stock into the bubbling juices of the saucepan. (Note: You may not need all of the cornstarch mixture.)
- Stir until the sauce slightly thickens. (Note: It only needs to boil for a few minutes.)
- Turn off heat, return the chops to the saucepan, and then serve on couscous.
- Serve with white wine from the Loire Valley, France.
Qualfon is a people-driven business process outsourcing (BPO) company and a global provider of call center services and back-office processing. With experienced BPO leadership and a strong track record of business growth dating back to our founding in 1996, Qualfon helps companies reduce costs and deliver superior customer experiences. Today, we have 11,000 employees serving international brands across many industries, and our intelligent outsourcing locations span the United States, the Philippines, Guyana S.A., Mexico, and China. Qualfon’s mission to “Be the Best BPO, Make People’s Lives Better” means we invest in our people and, in return, they take better care of you and your customers. Qualfon’s employee retention is twice the industry average, which creates a people-driven value chain: Our employees stay longer, providing you a higher quality service at a lower price.