Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pork Chops #2 - Honey Garlic

If your house is anything like my house, you've got people who like certain foods, but prepared different ways. One of those foods in our house is pork chops. I like mine in a honey garlic sauce, and Stephen likes his breaded. That's why you get two recipes in one! It's super easy to do them both at the same time, too. So if you just want to try them both at once, it'll be simple!

pork chops (we usually use 4 for the two of us)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 T soy sauce
1 T dry sherry
2 minced garlic cloves
olive oil

Heat oven to 325. Combine all ingredients except pork chops in a small bowl.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and heat.

Stir pork chops in marinade.

Brown in the skillet for 5 minutes on both sides.

Place in the oven for 25 -30 minutes. I wrap ours in aluminum foil just because it's easy cleanup, but I think it holds the juices better too.

What I did differently from the recipe:
Well, technically you are supposed to marinade them for 4 hours or overnight. I never do it more than 15 minutes or so, and they still have great flavor - but I do keep basting them in the skillet. The real recipe also says to broil the pork chops 4-6 inches from the heat source for 12-15 minutes, turning once during cooking. I have actually never tried this way because I'm always cooking another type of pork chop at the same time. They do great in the oven - I've never had them become tough at all. Also, I don't ever have dry sherry on hand (go figure!) but the recipe says you can substitute white wine or water. I don't substitute anything and I can't tell the difference.

What I'll do differently next time:
Well, since I kind of changed the real recipe to fit how I like to prepare it - nothing!

Verdict: Thumbs up!!

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