Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pork Chops with Rosemary, Orange and Vinegar

(2 servings)

Sprouts had some great looking pork loin chops on sale this week. I made a quick meal of them by pan frying them and then deglazing the skillet with rice wine, vinegar and orange juice. Yum!

1/2 cup rice wine (unseasoned) or chicken stock 
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 tsp orange zest, finely minced
1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
2 pork loin chops, about 1 inch thick
salt and pepper, to taste

First prepare the sauce by combining the rice wine or chicken broth, orange juice, vinegar, garlic, orange zest and rosemary. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a non-stick skillet over a medium high flame.

Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Fry the chops for about 4-6 minutes on each side. They should still be pink (slightly underdone) on the inside if you cut into one with a sharp knife. They will continue to cook a touch more while they rest underneath the foil. This will ensure they are nice and juicy when ready to serve.

Place the pork chops onto a plate and cover with foil to keep them warm.

Pour the sauce mixture into the skillet and using a wooden spoon scrape loose any fried bits that are clinging to the pan.

Simmer the sauce briskly (while stirring) until it becomes syrupy and has reduced to about a third; about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and stir in any juices that have accumulated from the resting pork chops. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if needed.

Spoon the sauce over the pork loin chops and serve.


Sippity Sup said...

Ok. I know you're too young so I'll excuse it. But you can't use the phrase "pork chops and... (fill in the blank) without cracking me up. I have the Brady Bunch to thank for that because, yes, I am that old. GREG

beeseewhy said...

Question - the recipe says rice wine (unseasoned). Is that rice wine? Or unseasoned rice wine vinegar? The word unseasoned throws me I guess. I made this with rice wine vinegar I loved it, but then I like tangy sauces. Thank you in advance for the clarification.

Gerlinde in Washington said...

Beeseewhy... Rice wine or Mirin can be sold as "seasoned" which means it contains sugar and salt. You could swap this out with sherry if you prefer.


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