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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Simple glazed pork chops

Got a really sweet (pun intended) pork chop recipe off Food Network this evening. I could try to dig it up, but it's simple enough even I can make it from memory, and I've only done it the once.

Ingredients

  • Pork Chops
  • Maple Syrup (buy the real stuff), approx. 1/2 cup per pound of meat
  • Ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Olive oil (about 1/4 cup per pound of meat)

Heat oven to 500°F. In an oven-safe skillet, heat the oil over high heat. Season both sides of the chops and place in the skillet. Get a good sear on both sides. Once seared, remove from the heat and pour the syrup over the meat and place the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the meat is at about 150°F internally. The syrup will boil and churn, but as long as the pan is big enough you won't have an overflow issue. And it's viscous enough that it won't spatter.

Once the meat is cooked, remove from the oven and place on the stove again on high for a minute or two to thicken the glaze. Plate & serve. Goes well with Asian-style steamed vegetables.

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