A couple weeks ago on a rainy Monday afternoon as I sat in the pick up line waiting for Alex to get out of school I started to ponder our supper. I knew what we were having, after all that's why I take the time to plan those menus each weekend! But I wanted to experiment with the main course a little. Pork Chops. They are one of my favorite things, and sometimes I want them prepared very simply with some olive oil, salt and pepper, grilled or sauteed. But on this day I felt like jazzing them up a little bit. Maybe it was my way of getting over a dreary Monday, or maybe it was because my subconscious knew I had more brand new vinegars sitting in my cupboard.
I told you about the vinegar/oil gift set I received for Christmas when I shared my Black Cherry Balsamic Chicken, and I'm having so much fun playing around with them! This time I wanted to try a new one, and I thought the flavors in the one I chose would go so well with pork. It is such a great meat to take on flavor, but can really stand up well to flavor at the same time. These turned out moist and delicious, and really added an unique flavor to those "every day" pork chops.
Now I will tell you if you can't find the flavored balsamic vinegar, the original recipe used regular, and I'm sure it would be just as delicious. Or maybe you have some flavored vinegars you have been wanting to experiment with too, and I've inspired you. Either way, who knew such great brainstorms could happen while sitting in the parent pick up line!
Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Adapted from Food Network
Honey Glazed Pork Chops
5 boneless center cut sirloin pork chops
1/2 c. blackberry ginger balsamic vinegar
3 TBS honey
1 TBS Dijon mustard
1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBS olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sear for 2-3 minutes per side. (If you aren't using non stick, coat with cooking spray). In a small bowl combine vinegar, honey, mustard, rosemary, garlic, oil and salt and pepper. Whisk to combine well. Pour over pork chops, turning to coat. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 7-10 minutes until pork is cooked through, turning occasionally. Remove pork to platter and spoon sauce over top.