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Monday, May 21, 2012

Chocolate Spiced Pork Chop

So I don't know about you but I love pork, bacon, chops, ribs love them all!! However sometimes I get in a rut. I am on a non-processed food kick so a can of cream of mushroom soup is kind of off the list. If I'm lucky I might have some I made in the freezer but that's not always the case.
What to do what to do? Well checking food network is usually my first stop, and you have to love Paula Dean for coming up with an answer for the pork chop rut!! The woman knows pork ;)

I give you the Chocolate Spiced Pork Chop!! It's got some great spice, with a nice hint of coco which goes great on pork in my opinion, just saying. :)


Ingredients


  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 (1 1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder, cocoa powder, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper, cumin, salt, and black pepper. Rub the mixture evenly over pork chops.
Add the oil to a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook for 3 minutes per side. Put the skillet in oven and bake the pork chops until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the oven, transfer the chops to a serving platter and serve.

**Notes: Ok so I don't have a pan I can stick in the oven, so it can be transferred to an oven safe dish. I did not use bone in pork chops and that was fine as well. I did however find for me that 3 min in the oven was not even close to enough I wound up going for about ten. So best to check every three min's

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