pineapple glazed pork chops
Until I started experimenting with cooking, I wasn't a big fan of pork. The deep intense flavor of a beefy steak is hard to beat. I like games though, and generally I think that most things have to be approached with that mentality. So, when I started playing around with pork and it's amazing variety of combinations, I was hooked... sweet barbeques sauces, glazes, fragrant spices and off course, fruits.
This week, we have a not-so-new combination of pork and pineapple... but with a twist. Most of these recipes add some spice like cinnamon, and I was looking for something unusual to make this recipe interesting enough to make it on our blog. My inspiration came from a dessert recipe book which combines pineapple with that amazing pepper I love so much... szechwan. It's usually found in asian specialty shops or big supermarkets, and it boasts a seriously fragrant peppery aroma.
Ingredients: - 4 1inch thick pork chops - 1 ripe pineapple cut in small - 3 tbs gluten free soy sauce - 4 tbs rum - 3 tbs cider vinegar - 2 tbs brown sugar - 1 tbs finely chopped ginger - 1-2 tsp szechuan pepper - 1 onion finely chopped - 1 garlic put through a garlic masher - 2 tbs mustard powder - 1 cup chicken stock - 1 cup gluten-free white flour - salt - frying oil
Directions: 1. Combine the sugar, soy, vinegar, ginger, pepper, and rum in a small bowl and set aside giving time to the sugar to dissolve. 2. Mix the flour with the mustard powder and spread on a plate. Salt the steaks and coat them with flour on all sides shaking off the excess. Preheat a skillet on high heat. Pour enough oil to cover the surface and brown the steaks for about 3 minutes per side, remove from the pan and set aside. 3. Melt 1 tbs butter in a skillet over medium heat and sweat the onions until soft for about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside in a bowl. 4. Melt the remaining 1 tbs butter in the skillet on medium-high heat and cook the pineapple and garlic for about 5 mins. Add the reserved onion and then the rum mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes while stirring allowing the alcohol to evaporate. 5. Add the stock and reduce heat to medium. Add the browned steaks in the mixture and cook until mixture reaches a glaze consistency by which time the steaks will have been cooked through, about 5-10 minutes depending on the skillet you are using. 6. Serve, topping the steaks with the glaze along with a side of basmati rice.
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