One of Nick’s favorite meat dishes is a good hearty pork chop. Usually we use a pretty basic recipe with a ton of spice flavor and salt. However, we stepped it up a bit last night with these lime & garlic rubbed chops. This was super easy to prep ahead of time, so by the time Nick walked in the door all we had to do was put them on the stove top. Usually I am a little timid with lime juice, but I must say adding a little more than usual, with a TON of garlic, really helped bring out a great taste here! We served them with simple green beans, which were steamed then baked in olive oil. Nick’s the king of cooking pork chops, always timing them right to make sure they aren’t over done. A word of advice, trust your thermometer, even if you don’t think the chops look ready yet.
Not much new to report on lil miss Char this week…. She is just loving life motoring around the apartment, climbing up on anything she can get her hands on (especially her crib during nap time). I joke about how I used to be so excited to start solid foods with her, and now I spend majority of my day cleaning up her food mess (aka 3/4 of the finger foods she chooses to throw on the floor, instead of her mouth). I have to admit, this truly has been the most exciting and enjoyable month with her….I feel guilty saying that, like I should almost miss the infant/newborn stage. But honestly, I really think these last few weeks have been so so much fun with her, as she develops her own personality and sense of humor. Below are a few pics from today….
Lime & Garlic Spice Rub Pork Chops: serves 2
- 2 boneless pork chops
- 3 table spoons of olive oil
- 2 table spoons of kosher salt & pepper
- 1 teaspoon of the following spices each:
- chili flakes
- chili powder
- cayenne pepper
- garlic powder
- 1 lime: you will want to use 1/2 lime for juice in the spice rub, as well grate the zest into the rub (about 1 teaspoon)
- 5 garlic cloves; finely chopped
- In a large mixing bowl combine spices, kosher salt, pepper, lime juice & zest, and chopped garlic. Make sure you dice the garlic finely. You could even grind them in a food processor if you feel like it.
- Pre-heat oven to 450.
- Toss pork chops with the mixture in the mixing bowl, making sure both sides are thoroughly covered in spice rub. If not, feel free to add additional spices, lime juice, or salt & pepper. I added some additional salt, pepper, and lime juice at the end.
- Heat oven-proof frying pan over high heat. Once hot, add 1 tsp of butter + 1 tsp olive oil, spreading to cover the pan Add pork chops, allowing to sear ~3 mins (make sure a nice crust has formed). Flip pork chops and sear other side, ~ 3 mins. Put the pork in the oven, allowing to roast for ~10 mins, or until inside of the pork is cooked to medium. Remove from heat, and allow to rest for 5 mins.