Like chicken breasts, they can be a bit bland and dry out easily, but with a few tweaks they can also be a superior weeknight supper. Seasoning and Steam are the keys here.
I served these up with a salad and some simple roasted broccoli last night (toss broccoli with olive oil, garlic powder, salt + pepper at 400 degrees for 40 mins) and our mid-week dinner turned into quite the treat.
Ingredients for two servings:
4 boneless pork loin chops sliced about an inch thick
2 Sweet Yellow Onions (or any onion, really)
Salt + Pepper
Herbs de Provence
Fat of Your Choice
For the pork chops:
Heat a pan over medium high and add your choice of fat (I used ghee here. YUM.)
Liberally Season both sides of your chops with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
Drop them in the pan:
Allow them to develop a nice brown crust (for about 5-7 minutes) then flip and repeat on the other side. Don't worry about them cooking all the way through, we are going for crispness and color here.
When they are dark and gorgeous, drop 1/8 cup of water in the center of the pan to do a little deglazing of all of those bits. Then quickly cover and allow them to steam for 3-4 more minutes just until they are cooked through. They will be crispy on the outside but still juicy on the inside.
For the Onion Jam:
Peel onion, cut in half, then thinly slice and throw into a pan heated on medium with a fat of your choice.
Toss them around and let them get nice and golden. Patience is a virtue here.
When they get a little color on them toss in some salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence. Herbs de Provence sounds so snooty -- it isn't, I promise. It is worth procuring though, because it gives them a magical little kick -- I think Giada taught me that. She also taught me how to pronounce Limoncello.
So, now that we've cleared that up, once the onions begin to really caramelize (about 25-30 minutes in) drop in a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar. No need to measure, you can't screw this part up.
Allow the vinegar to reduce a bit (3-5 minutes) to make your onions nice and jammy.
Top your chops with the jam and serve along your favorite vegetables. Tons of delicious flavors, beautiful presentation, weeknight simplicity.
Now that is something I can get behind!