Cooking for a 21 year old man whose favorite foods can mostly be bought through a drive through, I've realized that our menu hardly varies month to month. We usually have chicken, beef, or pasta. Last night, I decided to mix it up and try something new- pork chops!
I was always afraid to try cooking pork chops, because they have a tendency to come out dry and tough. I followed the advice of one of my coworkers and bought thin sliced, bone-in pork chops from Bottom Dollar Foods. The thin cut was much quicker and easier to cook and the pork chops came out delicious!
I used a combination of two recipes I found online, one from Paula Deen and the other from SimplyRecipes.com. Good old Southern Paula recommended cooking the chops on the grill, but since I live in an apartment and it's starting to get cold outside, I didn't really want to fire up our portable charcoal model on the little stretch of grass in front of our building. Also, Paula's recipe is only for 2 pork chops, since I was planning to cook 6 thin cut chops, I fiddled with her recipe a little bit.
Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops
adapted from foodnetwork.com and simplyrecipes.com
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Bourbon (I used Heaven Hill Old Style- cheap but tasty!)
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of water
6 thin cut bone-in pork chops
1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl or tupperware container. Mix with fork.
2. Place defrosted pork chops into tupperware container or freezer sized ziploc bag with the mixture. Allow to marinade for 15 minutes before turning the pork chops over. Continue to marinade for at least 15 more minutes.
3. Heat a medium to large sized frying pan to high heat. Once the pan is heated, add one teaspoon of olive oil.
4. Season marinaded chops with salt and pepper on both sides, then arrange in the frying pan (2-3 at a time), making sure the thickest, boniest parts of the chop are nearest to the center, where they'll get the most heat.
5. Sear the chops for about 2-3 minutes on each side, remove from the pan, then you're done!
*I tried pouring some leftover marinade onto the chops in the frying pan to imitate how Paula Deen tells you to brush the chops again before serving- bad idea! Made a big mess of boiling spitting oil!
I think it was a pretty successful first try at pork chops! Anthony and Ella sure seemed to like them. In honor of Paula Deen, I give you this fabulous SNL skit: Booter and Ayl!!!!