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Thursday, August 19, 2010

pork chops with blueberry balsamic glaze

Remember this guy?


Well, not only can he eat, but my cutie-pie of a husband can also cook.  And that's an understatement!

Every once in a while, I have trouble coming up with things to put on our weekly menu.  That's when he comes to the rescue.

He's Superman like that.

I told him that I couldn't figure out what to fix, and he started to get this mischievous little gleam in his eye (he gets those a lot).  He started rifling through recipe books, pulling out all the spices in the cabinet, and muttering to himself.  And then he smiled...

"I've got it!" he exclaimed.

"Well, which recipe did you pick?" I asked.

"I didn't.  I'm making up my own."

"Are you serious?"

"Yep.  We're gonna need some pork chops."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how this recipe came to be.


For this dish, you'll need some pork chops.  You'll also need minced garlic, a few spices of your choosing (he used sage and some Grill Mates Roasted Garlic and Herb), some pepper (he used a little of the white and a little of the red), balsamic vinegar, and some blueberry deliciousness! 

 
Heat up a couple of teaspoons of oil in a nonstick skillet and then put on the pork chops.


While the bottoms are browning, sprinkle some minced garlic on the top of each.


After a few minutes, flip the pork chops over to cook on the other side.  You want them to eventually cook all the way through.


Once the pork is cooked through, remove it to a plate and sprinkle your seasonings on it.  My husband would say, don't skip the pepper.  You want this dish to have a subtle hint of heat to it.  So, no matter what pepper you choose, just make sure you put it on!


Now for the glaze.  Here's where my man is a genius.  And no, you can't have him...he's mine.

He mixed equal parts of balsamic vinegar and my blueberry-lime jam (click over to see the recipe)! That's it!


Now, I recognize that you might not want to take the time to make blueberry-lime jam.  That's okay.  Just go buy yourself some blueberry jam from the store, splash in some lime juice, and mix it up with balsamic vinegar.

When you taste the glaze, you want to taste more blueberry than vinegar.  And just like the pepper, you don't want to forget the lime.  It adds an incredible dimension to the flavor.

Incredible.

Spread the glaze over the pork chops and sink your teeth into something delicious.


Maybe I loved this dish so much because I wasn't the one who had to make it.  Or maybe it was because the cook was so darn cute.  

I don't think so, though.  I think it was the taste. :-)

Pork Chops with Blueberry Balsamic Glaze
2-4 pork chops
2 t. oil
1-2 t. minced garlic
herbs to taste (your choice)
pepper to taste (we recommend ground red pepper)
equal parts balsamic vinegar and blueberry-lime jam

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet.  Rub pork chops with minced garlic and then cook them in the oil.  After they are cooked, sprinkle the pork chops with herbs and pepper.  Remove to a plate.

For glaze, combine equal parts balsamic vinegar and blueberry-lime jam.  If blueberry-lime jam is unavailable, simply splash some lime juice into blueberry jam for the same effect.  Spread glaze over pork chops just before serving.


10 comments:

  1. Now that is truly impressive!!!! Sure beats the microwaved weenies my hubby makes! Haha!

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  2. Fabulous - can't wait to give it a try. Pork and fruits marry so well together! Happy FF.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  3. Your husband's blueberry balsamic pork chops sound absolutely delicious! What a great recipe - thanks for sharing it!!

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  4. Sounds (and looks) yummy! This must be pork season. I've just read another pork post. :-) Such an interesting combination - lime/blueberry!

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  5. Very nice! I made a blueberry BBQ sauce once that was really good, I'd imagine this is similar and delicious!! Thanks!

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  6. YUM! I have a recipe like this that I tried once. I think I got it off the Publix grocery store site. It was delicious!

    And what a great catch you have there.. cute and can cook!

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  7. Looks yummy! What a lucky gal you are to have a husband that cooks!

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  8. Looks delicious! My little told me yesterday that she dream about chicken stuffed with blueberries....I wonder if I can try this with chicken? :)

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  9. Wow! I'm so impressed. Way to go, Nathan!

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  10. I think I got it off the Publix grocery store site. It was delicious! Pork Steak Recipe

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