From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...While this is a ridiculously easy recipe, it's surprisingly tasty and everyone who has tried these chops really seems to enjoy them. The base recipe feeds 6 people. If you need more than six chops, the recipe directions will remain the same, but you will need a second heavy skillet in which to cook the overflow. I use an Asian barbecue sauce to glaze our chops, but any sauce, including a commercially prepared one, can be used to finish them. Buttermilk should be the star here. It makes the chops remarkably tender and moist, and the sauce is almost superfluous if you keep the pork on the rare side. Please don't overcook it. When we are home, I serve the chops with cheese scalloped potatoes, but limitations of the kitchen I'm working in, make mac n' cheese a better choice for dinner tonight. I really like chops cooked in this fashion. The technique is interesting and much like the one I use for thick-cut beef filets. It works for beef and it works for pork as well. I think it is a great way to assure that meat is not overcooked. I hope you try these. Here's the recipe.
Oven-Barbecued Buttermik Pork Chops...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
Chops6 to 12 (1-1/4 inch thick) boneless pork chops
1 quart lowfat butter milk
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
2 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup miso
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup Asian fish sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup Korean chile paste (gochujang)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1) Lightly salt and pepper pork chops. Place chops in a single layer on bottom of a large, shallow baking pan. Cover chops with buttermilk and refrigerate over night, turning chops once or twice.
2) To make barbecue sauce: Whisk miso, sugar, sesame oil, fish sauce, vinegar, chile paste, garlic and ginger together in a bowl. Transfer to a small pan and boil to thicken slightly. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate sauce until needed.
3) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Drain chops and pat dry. Season both sides well with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet until it shimmers. Add 6 pork chops to pan and cook over high heat until browned on bottom, turn chops and immediately transfer skillet to oven. Bake for 10 minutes, or until instant read thermometer registers 135 degrees F. Brush chops with sauce and glaze under broiler for a minute or two to set. Serve immediately, passing extra sauce at the table. Yield: 6 servings.
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