Friday, April 13, 2012

Spice Rubbed Pork Chops

Who doesn't love a pork chop?

We grew up eating pork chops.  I can remember mom making them all the time.  A southern thing...eating pork chops.  Mom always chose the thin, bone-in pork chops, so that's what I know best.  We never really ate the thick ones, that's something I'm working on.  Habits are hard to break...

Nice thin pork loin chops and good for you and are a lean white meat.  I usually by mine from Trader Joe's. They have some great thin boneless pork chops that cook up quick and tender.

So the usual way is to fry or saute a pork chop.  They cook really quick since they are thin, and you can have a nice dinner on the table in no time at all.  However, today I wanted to change up my chops and add some more flavor to them.  Typically, like chicken, pork chops don't have much flavor unless you add it.  So I made a nice spice rub to put on them.  No need to marinate, no wasting precious time preparing.  Just mix and cook.  The flavor of the chops were sooo good!

So how nice they came out?  I served these with my Roasted Parmesan Summer Squash.  They went perfect together.  Try them both tonight!

Spice Rubbed Pork Chops

serves 4

1 T oregano
2 T paprika
3/4 t cayenne pepper
1 t chili powder
1/8 t red pepper flakes
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
8 thin cut boneless pork chops
2 T canola oil

In a small bowl combine all your spices (first 7 ingredients).  Mix well.  Rub only one side of each pork chop well with the rub, pressing in to adhere the mixture to the chops.

Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil to a skillet heated over medium high heat.  Add 4 of the pork chops cooking spice side down first.  Cook for 2-3 minutes per side.  Don't overcook thin chops.  Remove to a plate and keep warm.  Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and repeat with remaining pork chops.  Serve immediately.

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