From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I'm sure you already have a dozen recipes for glazed pork chops, but I hope you can make room for just one more. This is a great recipe to have on hand for busy spring and summer days. The pork chops are fast to fix, and despite the ease with which they come together, they are delicious. I have a couple of tricks that will help assure that you enjoy them as much as I do. I use a jaccard, which can be found, here, to tenderize the steaks and chops I cook. The comb-like tenderizer, which resemble a medieval instrument of torture, gets a real workout during grilling season, and I count on it to produce tender meat for our spring and summer meals. I also use an instant read thermometer, which can be found, here, to assure the chops are removed from the grill before they become leather-like. Stovetop, oven or grill, overcooking will produce tough dry pork, so, please remember that chops are done when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. While they will still be slightly pink at that temperature, they are perfectly safe to eat. The real trick to the success of this dish is the type of marmalade you use to make the sauce. While I love English marmalade, it is too bitter to use here. I've settled on a much sweeter domestic variety, mentioned in the recipe below, that is perfect for the quick orange sauce that is used to glaze the chops. I hope you'll try pork chops made this way. I really think you'll enjoy them. They are wonderful when served with sesame noodles or rösti and a salad that is heavy on arugula . Here is how the chops are made.
Sweet and Spicy Orange-Glazed Pork Chops...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
2 tablespoons sweet orange marmalade (i.e. Smuckers)
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange
1 teaspoon mashed chili in adobe
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
4 (3/4-inch thick) center cut pork loin chops (about 8 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoons salt
1) Combine marmalade, orange juice and zest, mashed chili in adobo and chicken broth in a small pan. Boil until liquid is reduced by half and syrupy bubbles form, about 5 minutes.
2) Preheat grill pan. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with salt. Brush 1 side of chops generously with glaze. Place on grill pan glaze side down. Brush other side with glaze. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Yield: 4 servings.
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