Monday, March 18, 2013

Another first - Pan grilled Pork Chops

I am not a pork eater but the husband is a big time lover so there are things you do for your loved ones and I always seem to be cooking for them. I don't find it too great that he orders in from the other day when I saw good quality frozen pork chops being sold at the neighbourhood  super market..grabbed a box or two. Since I had never eaten the meat or cooked it for that matter was a bit unsure as to how I should cook it. Thanks to the Internet I scoured for recipes and finally decided to do  an easy pan grilled version with an Asian spice rub. I cant even tell you how easy it was to make them and full points I got for making such a tasty dish. Its a perfect weeknight dinner option...non pork lovers can do it with a chicken breast or just throw in some sausages...turns out just as great. I served it on a bed on creamy mashed potatoes : )

Ingredients :

Pork chops - 1 no ( cleaned and dried)

Soy sauce - 2 tbsp

Brown sugar - 1 tsp

Garlic - 2 cloves ( crushed)

Ginger - 1 tsp (crushed)

Roasted cumin powder - 1 tsp

Red chili paste - 2 tsp ( adjust acc to ur choice)

Olive oil - 1 tsp

For the mash:

Boiled potatoes - 3 large (mashed into a smooth paste)

Butter - 1 tbsp

Milk - 1/2 cup

Salt - to taste

Crushed pepper - to taste


Make a marinade for the chops by mixing together the soy sauce,brown sugar,garlic, ginger,cumin and red chilli paste and some olive oil. I avoided seasoning with salt as pork chops are quite salty in itself ( did a bit of research) also the soy would be salty.

Cover the pork chops with this mixture, cover and let it rest for at least 2 hrs.Overnight would work best.

In the mean time , make the potato mash.

Heat the butter in a thick bottomed pan, add the mashed potatoes and the milk. Give it a good stir, season with salt and pepper.

Now for the chops. Heat a grilling pan till smoking point.

Tip in the pork chops along with the marinade and let it cook for 5- 6 mins on each side.

Once done, turn of the neat and let the chops rest in the pan for another 5 mins.
Serve hot on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. Even pan grilled veggies would go well.

1 comment:

  1. awesome! this goes great with soy-ginger-chinese five spice powder too. you've got the perfect colour. me and husband always fight over a good mash