Pork Chops are an easy way to get dinner on the table in a hurry and an easy way to show off your saucier skills. The secret? A two step pan roast and an even easier pan sauce!
Yield: Serves 2
2 thick centre-cut pork chops
1 tablespoon any vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Butter
1 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons marmalade
1 teaspoon or so of soy sauce
A knob of unpeeled ginger, grated
2 green onions green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
A sprinkle or two salt and lots of freshly ground pepper
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Preheat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Splash in some oil and toss some butter in the center of the oil. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. When the butter starts to brown, lay in the pork chops. Sear until lightly and evenly browned and delicious looking then flip to cook the other side on low. Reduce your heat to its lowest possible setting, place a lid on the saucepan and allow the chops to finish cooking in your improvised oven. This will take about 5 minutes or so. Rest the chops on a plate covered loosely with foil. Toss it in the warm oven. Close the door, turn off the heat and make the sauce.
Turn the pan heat to high. Pour in the orange juice and spoon in the marmalade. Stir the sauce as it boils and scours the pan of all the browned flavour bits, the concentrated pan juices. The sauce thickens as it reduces. This makes for less sauce but bigger flavor. When the sauce thickens to a smooth consistency, finish by stirring in the soy sauce, ginger, green onions and vinegar. Serve up the warm chops with the sauce, share and enjoy!
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