Burnt Garlic Pork Chops with Pepper & Basil Salad

Hello Reader!

Thankfully, I have been much productive and active these days, writing more for my blog than just the other things. It’s a good feeling when you can catch up with the rest and check your pace from time to time. Isn’t it? 🙂

It was a long weekend this September end. And while almost everyone we knew had some plans to go out, we were still dealing with the recovering phase. Husband has been down with some physical injury and traveling hasn’t suited him, therefore, cooking is pretty much all I have to cheer him up. This weekend I tried my hands on Pork chops (inspired by Gordon Ramsey’s recipes).

Pork is generally not in my ‘try list’ because ‘one’ – it’s too fatty and ‘two’ – it’s kinda chewy if not fatty (for we like it done and not raw or half done). However, I needed to get past that feeling for an experiment. Like I mentioned before, this recipe can be tried on lamb, beef or even chicken for that matter but with lesser time.

Let’s get you the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Pork Chops ……………………. 500 gms
  2. Garlic ……………………………… 5 – 6 (crushed under the knife)
  3. Thyme ……………………………. 2 -3 sprigs
  4. Salt …………………………………. to taste
  5. Sugar ………………………………. 1 tsp
  6. Peppercorns …………………… 2 tsp
  7. Bell pepper …………………….. 1 large
  8. Basil leaves …………………….. 1/2 cup (roughly chopped)
  9. Red wine vinegar …………… 2 tbsp
  10. Virgin olive oil ……………….. for cooking

Method:

  1. Wash the pork chops, make cuts on the skin at the sides and add salt and pepper to both sides. Gently punch the chops to tenderize them. Set aside
  2. Meanwhile, heat a heavy bottom pan and add olive oil to it. Once hot throw in the sliced onion and bell peppers. Stir well to coat the whole thing with oil. Add salt, pepper, and sugar to this (sugar helps in caramelizing)
  3. When the onion turns pinkish, pour in the red wine vinegar and let it cook for about 2 minutes
  4. Add the chopped basil leaves and some more olive oil, and mix well. Cook this not more than 20 seconds. Turn off the knob and transfer the salad to a dish.
  5. Re-heat the pan. Pour some olive oil and turn the flame to high
  6. When the oil is hot, switch to the low-flame mode and then carefully place the chops along with crushed garlic and thyme (you don’t have to strategically place them on the pan. Just throw them in empty spaces around the chops and let it sit for a while)
  7. When one side of the chops looks 50% done to you, flip them over and let them sit for the same level of cooking. At this point, you can gently mash the garlic because they are burnt and mushy already, and push some under the meat for a stronger flavor. Shuffle the thyme as well evenly
  8. Turn off the flame once the chops are done to your liking

 

 

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Thyme and garlic are not visible in this image as I pushed them under the meat for flavor after flipping sides. 

 

Please note: If you keep the chops on the pan for a long time while cooking they’ll come out dry inside. Rather, check them intermittently with the help of a fork or blunt knife if there is still some room for cooking. Dry meat is hard to cut or pierce. Also, do not keep the chops on the hot pan after the flame is off. You don’t want them to cook more. Just take them out on a plate and let them sit for at least 5 – 10 minutes before you start eating.

While this dish is a great company for an evening drink, you can still have it as dinner and not worry about cooking an entire meal. The chops are generally large and can fill your belly good; just add some green salad to it if you want!

Also, if you don’t eat pork, you can pick lamb chops (or beef if that’s what you like) and prepare the same way. There is no rule as such for chops, instead of just salt and pepper, garam masala or cumin and cinnamon works too.

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2 Thoughts

    1. Thanks a bunch, dear. My husband loves cooking too and sometimes he beats me 😀
      Please let me know how it turned​ if you try it.

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