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!
Chef Michael’s Kitchen
© Chef Michael Smith
Freestyle Twist: These simple chops can be dressed up by simply twisting the sauce in a variety of ways. Try white wine and mustard, red wine and raspberry jelly or for some zing, apple juice and horseradish.
This is one of the easiest ways to cook any type of fish. It’s also one of the tastiest, and fastest. Perhaps more than any other technique, this is how I choose to get fish on the table in a hurry. Whitefish is a generic term that refers to many different types of fish, all of them easy to find and cook.
From The Best of Chef at Home © Michael Smith, Whitecap 2009
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