Friday, November 29, 2013

Pork Chops Simplified

As discussed in a previous blog reducing your meat consumtion is one of the biggest money savers when grocery shopping--even cutting back the amount, rather than omitting it altogether, can make a difference.
I have gotten into the habit of taking a thicker cut of meat and cutting it in half, horizontally.  Another option is to buy certain meats, like chicken breast or pork chops, already sliced into 'thinner' portions--the problem with that, however, may be additional cost for the convenience.  

This approach allows me to still enjoy some meat but decreases the overall amount. One of my favorite versions is the simple, thin-cut pork chop.  I make this recipe for three reasons:

1. Quick 
2. Satisfies 
3. Leftovers--are used for My Cuban Sandwich the following day.

Equipment:
Large Non-Stick skillet
Tongs
Baking Sheet
Foil

Ingredients:
2 thick pork chops, sliced horizontally in half

Garlic powder
Cavender's All-Purpose Greek Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
Olive oil

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 300F degrees.
3. Slice your pork chops horizontally in half--very carefully!!!


4. Lay them onto a plate.
5. Season first side with salt, pepper and a generous amount of Cavender's seasoning.



6. Turn and season the other side with garlic powder. Drizzle with olive oil.

7. Let meat sit and come to room temperature.
8. Heat skillet on MEDIUM-HIGH heat until almost smoking.


9. Sear the pork chops, UNTOUCHED or UNMOVED, for 3 minutes.


10. Turn the chop when golden brown and reduce the heat to MEDIUM.  Sear another 3 minutes.





11. Lay the chops on a small baking sheet with edges and place in oven for 10 minutes.


12. Remove from oven and cover in foil to allow the meat to rest x 5 minutes.


13. Prepare other supper items or set the table or kick back.