Pork chops have never been my favorite cut of meat. I used to tell people I was allergic to pork so I wouldn’t have to make it for them. I’d claim that the smoking process does something that made ham and bacon edible where other pork was not. I got away with it just fine, too. Then I married Kevin and I just can’t tell him no. So, in the year we’ve been married, I’ve had to find creative and delicous ways to make him pork chops about once a month, and slowly, I’ve come around.
Did you know that pork chops bring essential nutrients like iron, potassium, and zinc while being lean like chicken? The marketing motto from the 90’s of being the “other white meat” isn’t an exaggeration. Normally, I’m really picky about the pork chops I buy and how I prepare them. Alton Brown taught me how to brine pork chops, and I love them that way. A good oven fry over a brined pork chop is a great summer dish, served hot out of the oven or even cold at a picnic instead of fried chicken. Whole Foods sells pork chops that they brine in their kitchen that truly are the best pork chops I’ve ever had and if they don’t have any, they will give you their brine mix for free. But when my husband came home with 10 boneless pork chops that were on sale the other day, I needed a quick and easy way to make something that the family would love.
These Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Chops have the perfect balance of sweet and tangy that I love. Kevin’s favorite herb is rosemary, and his eyes lit up as I slid the needles from two sprigs into the marinade. Combined with apple sauce and mashed potatoes, this recipe was a hit, with everyone in the house. And it reheats well too, which with ten pork chops, comes in handy. My kids didn’t even complain as they did the dishes, which is a miracle.
I definitely recommend the sous-vide method, but I’m also obsessed with cooking sous vide. I also made homemade apple sauce in my pressure cooker, which was so easy and the flavors really complimented each other.
This is a meal that I’ll definitely make again and again and would be easy to prep ahead of time for a meal on a busy night.