A couple of weekends ago, winter storm “Nemo” wandered up the east coast and left Halifax with a big ol’ pile of snow. It also left me to my own devices in the kitchen, as there was no way I was going out to pick up groceries in that mess (even if I could find a store that was open). I had some boneless pork chops in the freezer, so I started looking through Cooking Light to see if I had the ingredients on hand to fancy them up some. While I had to ‘storm modify’ this recipe somewhat, it was still simple and tasty… I will make it again on the grill this summer with fresh ingredients for sure.
(This was also the night that I tried roasted cauliflower for the first time, I had heard that roasting it turned it into some magical side dish. Not that I dislike cauliflower, but roasting it made it taste like… cauliflower? Needless to say, that post won’t be coming up any time soon.)
Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa
From (& Much Adapted from in my case) Cooking Light
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, divided
6oz of crushed pineapple with juice (left over from my Pina Colada Cake)
2 large shallots cut into half inch slices
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño pepper (I used bottled, sliced jalapenos)
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pour 1 tbsp lime juice over the pork chops and let sit for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl, combine crushed pineapple, remaining lime juice, jalapeno and salt and pepper (save a bit of S&P for the chops). Heat a non-stick frying pan and when hot, place the shallot slices in and allow them to darken some on each side. Remove them, and when cool enough to handle, cut them into smaller pieces and add to the salsa. Add a bit of oil to the pan and cook the pork chops until done, flipping only once (about 4-5 minutes on each side). Serve each pork chop with a generous spoonful of salsa.
If, like my sister-in-law, the fruit with meat thing is a turn off, here is a slideshow of Cooking Light’s 25 Healthy Pork Chop Recipes to suit all tastes.
Enjoy (& c’mon Spring!)!