Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pork Chops with Cherry Chutney

Looking for Something Unexpected? 
Spice up the Usual Chop with a Burst of Fresh Summer Flavors. 
I was feeling creative in the kitchen and decided to mix some fresh summer fruit into the usual Chop. The flavors were fresh and bold, sweet and savory, pure deliciousness! Be sure to make the chutney at least 30 minutes ahead of time in order to let the flavors meld.

The Chutney Deets 
12 Red Cherries Pitted and Quartered (about 1/2 cup)
3 Sweet Baby Peppers Diced
1/2 Shallot Finely Sliced
2 Basil Leaves thinly ribboned (roll leaves and thinly slice into ribbons)
1 TBS Lime Juice
1 TBS Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper to Taste (1 tsp sea salt and 1 pinch fresh pepper)

The Chutney How To
Chop ingredients and combine in a bowl
Add Lime Juice, Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper
Allow to rest for about 30-45 minutes so flavors can meld
Once flavors have concentrated Toss into sauce pan for 2-3 minutes for a quick saute
Now on with the Chops
I prefer Center Cut Boneless Chops
Season with Salt and a Touch of Pepper
Heat Fry Pan over medium; add a touch of EVOO
Sear Chops on Each Side for 3 Minutes
Remove from Heat and Allow to Rest
Top Chops with the Cherry Goodness
Add a Grain like Wild Rice or Quinoa and a nice Salad and Dinner is Served.

Plate, Pray & Enjoy!

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