Honey and Spice Glazed Pork Chops

So, it’s a Monday.  I find that it’s usually best to keep my expectations low on a Monday. Often I have the time to cook something pretty good, but just as often my motivation is lacking.  Today was no different.  I set about making the planned pork chops and brussel sprouts just hoping to be done relatively quickly and with a minimum of mess.  Score on both counts.  And you know what’s better than that?  This was a FANTASTIC meal!!  Seriously, angels wept.  If you’re looking for a meal to impress a date, your boss, your mother or anyone else look no further.

Of course I must give credit to Ault’s Family Farm for the pork chops.  These were loin cut, bone-in pork chops nearly 2 inches thick – about 8 ounces each.  I didn’t plan to eat a whole one, but I couldn’t help myself.  The glaze is full of lovely honey goodness.  In fact, you could probably call these candied pork chops.  Use bone-in chops if you can.  I really think it adds to the flavor and helps keep some moisture in the meat as well.  There’s not a ton in the way of spice here.  The next time I make them I’ll add a little extra mustard ( I added an extra tablespoon tonight) and some cayenne for a little kick in the back of the throat.  The recipe calls for a non-stick pan, but I used cast iron.  A good sear and then even heat is important.  As the glaze cooks it thickens into a caramel-like consistency.  Adding a squeeze of lemon juice at the end might be a really nice touch too.

A sweet main dish like this calls for a side dish on the opposite side of the spectrum. Something with salt, citrus and a touch of bitterness.  You won’t find better than Brussel Sprouts with Crisp Prosciutto.  The combination of these two dishes made for a truly remarkable dinner.  Restaurant quality.  If you want to add a salad to round things out try some baby arugula with oranges and a citrus vinaigrette.  You’re looking at about 30 minutes start to finish so it’s perfect any time.  This is a meal you’ll be proud to serve to any guest.  Or just use it as a pick me up for an otherwise average Monday night!

Good? About 18 different kinds of good.
Easy? Yep. And pretty quick.
Good for company? Sure to impress.
Special shopping? Nope. Just 6 ingredients.

Honey and Spice Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated or minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon canola oil
2-4 (6-8 ounce) bone-in loin pork chops (about 1-2 inches thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl.

Heat a oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Reduce heat to medium-low; add honey mixture. Cook 10 minutes or until done, turning pork once.

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