Grilled Greek Pork Chops

I just can’t resist the pork chops from Ault’s Family Farm.  Got two more on Saturday.  They’ve been thawing in the fridge so I pretty much had to have them for dinner.  Not a sacrifice at all.  And I picked my first squash from this year’s garden so that’s one perfect side.  Got a few red potatoes for free at the market on Saturday so that’s perfect side number two.  Pretty plain.  Very easy.  Very fresh.  And very good.

I found a recipe for Greek-Style Pork Chops and decided to stop after the marinade.  The recipe calls for a yogurt dressing and a chopped vegetable side, but I didn’t have any plain yogurt and, as I mentioned, I have my sides all set already.  To see the complete recipe from Cooking Light click here. The marinade is just red wine vinegar, olive oil, oregano and garlic.  It’s very subtle.  Next time I’ll probably add some lemon juice, salt and pepper. This would be good on chicken too.

Nothing in the squash except onions, olive oil, salt and pepper.  You can’t improve much on vegetables picked 10 yards from your kitchen.

The potatoes are just as easy.  Dice and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  I used a combination of Yukon Gold and new red potatoes.  The key to the potatoes is to heat the oven to 400 so they get a little crispy on the outside. The when they’re done and still very hot squeeze a little more lemon juice over the top.

Good? Sometimes simple is the best.
Easy? Easy. Easy ingredients. Easy process.
Good for company? Your farmers’ market friends will love this whole meal.
Special shopping? Naturally raised pork has enough innate flavor to make this good so get it if you can.

Grilled Greek Pork Chops


: This is enough
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1 t dried oregano


Add the marinade ingredients to a zipper top bag or small shallow dish.  Add the pork chops so that they lie flat in the marinade.  Leave the dish or bag on the counter to marinate at room temperature.  Turn after 15 minutes and marinate another 15 minutes.  Heat the grill adn then add the pork chops.  Grill 5-6 minutes on each side over medium heat.  Watch to be sure that no flame flares up to cause charring.  Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

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