The Edmond Sun


July 23, 2012

Pork loin dish is quick and fruity summer fare

Detroit — Inspiration for today’s recipe struck when I found individually wrapped pork chops tucked in the back of the freezer.

Awhile back I bought a good-size hunk of pork loin for a recipe I needed to test. Pork loin is an economical cut of meat, providing plenty of options for several meals.

I knew I didn’t need that big of a pork loin — they can average 4 to 5 pounds. I weighed out what I needed for the recipe and cut the remaining roast into about 1-inch-thick chops. (Some stores may slice the whole pork loin for customers — be sure to ask). I figured I’d use them sometime down the road.

Sure enough, a few weeks ago amid the hustle and bustle of the season, I found myself without a dinner plan.

That’s when I came up with this skillet pork chop recipe.

Boneless pork loin chops are perfect for a quick meal. And using thin chops means they cook even quicker. I took the ones I had in the freezer and, once almost thawed, sliced them in half horizontally. Slicing them while just barely frozen makes the process easier.

Place the pork chop on a flat work surface and place your hand firmly on top. Slice evenly through the pork away from you to make two pieces. If you want even thinner pieces, gently pound the slices between plastic wrap.

This recipe serves two, with two pieces of pork per serving. If there are any leftovers the thin pieces of pork are good for sandwiches. Save any leftover sauce to serve on the sandwiches, too.

Another good thing about this recipe is the sauce. You make it in the same skillet in which you cooked the pork, making clean up a breeze.

A simple pan sauce can enhance the flavor of chicken or pork. Sometimes it can even save a piece that is overcooked.

In the summer, fruit-based sauce works well. It just seems to fit the season. For this recipe I used apricot preserves — a staple in my pantry. It’s easy, flavorful and goes with many things.

For a side dish, serve a simple sauté of sliced celery, red pepper and onion seasoned with salt and pepper. A crisp Riesling also suits the meal.

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