I was shocked that Lyn choose bone in pan fried pork chops for her free meal this week. I always loved the taste of pan fried pork chops and the added treat of a bone to munch on it was like a dessert for me. Maybe she had too many of these growing up but being a nice Jewish kid pork did not make it to our table that often, we were reformed reformed Jews. There is something about pork and winter that go together.
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup hard or pressed apple cider
- 2 Tbsp. freshly grated or prepared horseradish
- 1/2 tsp. table salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 4 bone-in loin pork chops, 1/2-inch thick, about 1 1/2 pounds total, at room temperature
- Table salt
- Black pepper
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
1. Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.
2. Trim any excess fat from around chops until you only have about 1/8 inch of fat. Pat chops dry with a paper towel and generously season them with salt and pepper.
3. Heat oil in a heavy, 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until oil starts to smoke. Add pork chops to the skillet and cook them until they are well-browned, about 3 minutes. Turn chops and cook 1 minute longer, then transfer them to a plate and pour off any fat in skillet.
4. Pour glaze into the skillet and bring it to a simmer. Cook until mixture thickens enough that your spatula leaves a trail when scraped across the pan, 2 to 4 minutes.
5. Return chops and any juices to the skillet; turn to coat both sides with glaze. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until the center of the chops registers 140 on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.
6. Serve chops with glaze drizzled over them and sprinkled with dill.
Recipe adapted from “The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” by Deb Perelman.