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Tuesday, 12 January 2021 23:30

By Dan Clarke

We haven’t brought you much information about restaurants lately.

We hope as pandemic protocols ease, that will change. Meanwhile, grocery stores are considered essential businesses and can provide the raw materials for decent eating, even if you fall short of the competence of professional chefs.

Our internet-sourced pork chop recipe looks tasty and is simple enough that even folks who don’t usually cook their own dinners should be able to manage it easily. (A tip: Broil, Panbroil and Grill are three separate options, not sequential parts of the cooking process. Pick the one that suits you.)

Elevate your evening by pouring a wine to accompany this meal. If there is no sure-thing perfect wine pairing for pork chops, there are many possibilities. A white? Yes, that would work. We’d suggest an off-dry Gewürztraminer or Riesling. A red? No problem with that but go for something that won’t overpower your porcine preparation--maybe a Gamay or a lighter Pinot Noir.

 

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Butter

(from eatpork.org)

 

Ingredients

4 6-7-ounce New York (top loin) pork chops 1 1/4-inch thick

4 slices bacon thick-cut

1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened to room temperature

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic minced

 

Preparation

In a small bowl, stir together ingredients until well mixed. Wrap in waxed paper to shape like a stick of butter. Chill while pork is cooking. When ready to serve, cut into fourths and top each pork chop before serving.

Dry the chops with paper towels and season generously with salt and pepper. Wrap a strip of bacon around each one, securing with a toothpick. Cook as directed below to medium doneness. *Remove toothpick before serving chops.

Broil: Broil 4 inches from heat source, 6-7 minutes. Turn and continue broiling to desired doneness, approximately 5-6 minutes until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.

Panbroil: Heat grill pan over high heat; add chops, lower heat to medium-high and cook for 6-7 minutes, until nicely browned. Turn and continue cooking for about 5-6 minutes until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.

Grill: Prepare medium-hot fire in grill; grill chops over direct heat for 6-7 minutes; turn and grill 5-6 minutes until internal temperature on a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.

Last modified on Tuesday, 12 January 2021 23:38

 

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