Hi! Long time, no blog- I know. Even my personal blog has fallen to the wayside as school has taken over everything. We've been sustaining ourselves with a lot of Amy's frozen burritos, sandwiches, and bad for us junk food. But you do what you can to get by, I guess, when everyone in a household is juggling multiple jobs and responsibilities. I still, despite my workload, get the urge to cook sometimes and last week I bowed to it's will and decided to try a recipe from the latest Everyday Food. Pre-cut pineapple were on sale, so I thought I'd give the recipe for Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops a shot. This came out pretty good. If anything it made me think about the possibility of marinating meat more often. Being able to prep it and stick it in the fridge for an hour while I did homework is an easy way to have something a little more interesting for dinner. And when you do something very simple like rice or couscous on the side it can definitely be low maintenance.
Jerk Pineapple Pork Chops
Everyday Food; Serves 4
2/3 of a whole (4 pound) pineapple, peeled
1 bunch scallions, sliced crosswise into 1" pieces
1/2 small habanero or 1 large jalapeno, stemmed and seeded
2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
4 bone-in pork chops (3/4" thick, appx. 6 oz. each)
coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Cut four 1/2" thick rounds from pineapple; set aside. Cut remaining pineapple into large chunks, discarding core. In a food processor, combine pineapple chunks, scallions, chile, thyme, garlic, and allspice and pulse until coarsely chopped. Reserve 3/4 cup pineapple marinade and refrigerate.
- Season pork with salt and pepper and place in a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish along with pineapple rounds. Top pork and pineapple with remaining pineapple marinade and turn pork and pineapple to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator 1 hour (or up to 4 hours).
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Working in tow batches, brush pineapple mixture off pork and cook chops until browned and cooked through, 10 minutes per batch, flipping once. (Reduce heat if pork begins to overbrown.) Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Brush pineapple marinade off pineapple and cook rounds until golden brown in spots, 5 to 7 minutes, flipping once. Serve with pork and reserved pineapple marinade.