May 27, 2013

Grilled Spiced Pork Chops with Amazing Peach Salsa

I absolutely *love* this dish courtesy of my Food Network calendar from 2012, especially the grilled peach salsa.  Amazing, I kid you not.  The pork chops are super tasty, too!  Om nom nom nom.

For the pork
  • Vegetable oil, for the grill grate (or grill pan, as I used tonight)
  • Kosher salt (though I didn't use any)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 bone-in pork loin chops (I actually prefer boneless)
For the salsa
  • 2 large ripe peaches, quartered and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, parsley, or mint (I used chives and parsley flakes, but I think this would be awesome with cilantro!)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (I didn't use any)
For the pork
  1. Prepare an outdoor grill for direct grilling on a medium-high fire and indirect grilling (or heat a grill pan to medium-high heat).  Lightly brush the grill grate/pan with the oil.
  2. Mix 2 teaspoons salt, the chili powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Divide the mixture evenly among the chops and rub all over.  Should coat generously.
  3. Place the chops on the hot grate directly over the flame and grill until marked.  Rotate 90 degrees to get professional-looking grill marks, and cook halfway through, about 5 more minutes.  Flip the chops and move to a cooler area of the grill.  Rotate after a couple minutes to get the same grill mark effect on both sides.  Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thicket part of the chop registers 140° (about 5-10 minutes).  Transfer the chops to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.  Can return to heat for 1-2 minutes to warm up before serving.
For the salsa
  1. Toss the peaches with the oil and grill until marked and softened, 2-3 minutes.  Roughly chop the peaches into bite-size pieces and place in a medium bowl with the tomatoes and onion.  Add the lime zest, lime juice, and herbs, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve on top of the cooked pork chops.  Applaud yourself for making an excellent meal.

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