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14 September 2008 @ 11:38 am
Pork chops!  
Edit: apologies to everyone with a friends' list, I don't know why I can't get this cut to work.

Last night we had paper_wings   and her husband over for a proper dinner party. It went to so well! They make for truly great company. In advance, I mentioned that I was going to make pork chops to Dano and he expressed concern over the fact that every pork chop he'd ever had managed to be too dry while somehow also being too oily. Usually I agree, but I knew there must be a way, and I discovered it!

I had an idea to make, rather than an apple sauce topping, a peach topping that would take advantage of the peach season in Massachusetts (ongoing). Unable to find the perfect recipe, I set out to create my own.

If I weren't allergic . . .

We begin with a brine. Lacking brown sugar, I improvised some out of sugar and molasses.
Brine your porkchops!



After adding some liquids in there, simmering and letting cool, submerge the chop.

Goin for a soak.



Let that chop soak for a good hour, rinse, pat dry. Now heat up some oil and butter on high (yes, high) until very hot, then sear each side of the chop for 1 minute each.

Oh man, golden and beautiful.



Now flip again (to the original side) and cover. Lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for five to seven minutes.

Lid it!



Then remove. Your porkchop will be tender, juicy, fully cooked and absolutely delicious. Now my first recipe involved creating a chutney, so my final result looked like this.

The chutney version of the porkchops!



But the chutney, despite having onions and garlic in there, tasted an awful lot like apple sauce. And honestly, if I wanted that old standby, I'd just have done that. So my goal was to create something that tasted gross by itself and yet better complemented the chops.

This time your sauce doesn't start while the chop is brining, but rather, after you've removed it from heat and loosely covered with foil to let it rest. It begins with the pan we were just using.

Your new journey begins . . .



Sautee onions and garlic for a few minutes, then toss in the peaches with some allspice along with a dash or two of this and that (see recipe). You'll notice this time I tried white peaches, but while they are probably more refreshing fresh, they're not sweet enough for these purposes. So if you want to take my advice, use yellow peaches.

Peaches n stuff.

Cook til cooked.



Now top your chop with this revised sauce. Drizzle with a small amount of maple syrup, then sprinkle finely diced red peppers for a little bit of a colourful pop!

Yay for revisions!


It seemed to go over well. =)


Peachy-Keen Porkchops!

Brine
1/3 c kosher salt
1/3 c brown sugar (or 1/3 c white sugar + 1 tbsp molasses)
3 slices of peeled ginger (use a carrot peeler)
1/2 tsp whole cloves (about 14)
1/2 tsp whole pepper
2 c apple juice
2 c water
1 lb thickly sliced pork chops (this seems to work out to about two 1-1.5" chops)
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp oil (with a high burning point, i.e. no olive oil)

Combine salt, sugar, ginger, cloves, pepper, apple juice and water in a small pot; cook over medium heat until boiling and sugar & salt has dissolved. Cool completely. You can opt to leave out 1 cup of the water then add it as ice later on to speed up the cooling of it, which I also do in the freezer because I'm impatient and have no regard for the quality of my frozen foods.

Soak the chops for 1 hour, making sure they are submerged. Weight if necessary (as pictured above). Rinse & pat dry.

Heat up a tablespoon each of butter and oil in a large pan over high. Get it nice and hot. Toss in your chop (carefully, it will definitely splatter), sear 1 minute, turn, sear 1 minute, turn, cover, turn the stove to medium-low and let sit for 5-7 minutes. Remove to a plate and cover loosely with foil to let the meat rest.

Peachy-Keen
1 yellow onion, sliced into rings
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 peaches, sliced
1/2 tsp ground allspice
splash white wine vinegar
splash lemon juice
light drizzle of real maple syrup (maybe 1 tbsp total)
1/4 red pepper, finely diced

Using the same pan as the chops, turn heat to medium-high and cook the onions and garlic for about 2 minutes. Toss in the peaches, allspice, white wine vinegar and lemon juice and cook an additional five minutes or so. Top the chop with the peach mixture, drizzle lightly with maple syrup and sprinkle with the red pepper. The pepper is, I suppose, optional, but it look so pretty!

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(Anonymous) on September 14th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Your pictures are fantastic...maybe you should look into photography as a plan b!?
(Anonymous) on September 14th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
-Lisa
The Freelance Metasnobameadowlark on September 14th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hehe, it's all that camera's fault. But I'm learning!
Ariane (or Jessica to a few of you)britishcowgirl on September 15th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
*drool* - I know what I'm going to have for supper tonight - you're awesome!
The Freelance Metasnobameadowlark on September 15th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Ooo, let me know how it goes! I like input. =)
heatherpaper_wings on September 15th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
mmmm it was yummy indeed, thank you again for having us over!! =)
(Anonymous) on September 24th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
Thanks
Thank you for your visit to my site and your comment about the Oreo Turkeys! I am glad I was able to bring you back in time!!
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