Grab some bone-in pork chops and season both sides with some sea salt and fresh pepper.
I found this nice seasoning blend a few days ago & I really like it. It has a bit of everything, thyme, basil, tomato powder, garlic, coriander… See?! Everything!!
Season each side of your pork with this lovely little blend.
Heat some olive oil in a pan and throw your chops in.
You might also want to turn on your vent fan, you’d hate to smoke your family out of the house right before dinner. Yes, I speak from experience.
Let them cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side. From the pan set them on a plate to rest for a bit.
Don’t wipe that pan out just yet! First we have a sauce to make.
We’ll start be dicing up a shallot. If you’re not sure what a shallot is let me introduce you to one. Shallots are part of the onion family and have a sweeter, richer flavor. They tend to be a bit more expensive than onions so I like to use them in special dishes such as this one. You can find shallots next to the garlic in your grocery store.
Go ahead and chop the top and bottom off…
and slice it down the middle. Also remove the outer skin.
Now go ahead and dice away. These, like onions will bring tears to your eyes.
My very good friend told me that if I chewed on a piece of spearmint gum it will stop the tears. I have yet to try this out mostly because I don’t believe her. She’s the kind of friend that would get a good laugh at the thought of tricking me into chewing gum while chopping my onions to keep from crying.
And that’s exactly why we’ve remained such good friends for so long.
Throw your diced shallots into the same hot pan you cooked your pork in. Let those saute for a few minutes.
Once your shallots have softened pour in 1/2 cup of chicken broth,
and 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar. After adding your liquid make sure to scrape the bottom of your pan with your spatula to get all of that good stuff into your sauce (deglazing). Now bring this all to a boil for about 5 minutes to let your sauce thicken up (reduction).
See, cooking terms aren’t so scary!
Once your sauce has thickened up a bit, melt in 2 tablespoons of butter.
You’ll be soooo glad you did.
Spoon a bit of this slightly fruity & tangy sauce over your beautifully cooked pork chops. If you have any fresh herbs laying around go ahead and garnish your pork with a bit. I was lucky enough to have some rosemary in the fridge!
What a perfect way to spoil your family this holiday without breaking the bank!
- 6 bone-in pork chops
- all purpose seasoning
- 1 diced shallot
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- olive oil
- sea salt and pepper to taste