Cilantro mint curry pork chops

5 Mar

Alex and I recently bought some amazing pork chops at Costco. Okay, I was the one to actually go to the store and pick out the pork chops, I just used Alex’s credit card to foot the bill so I had to give him some credit here. The pork chops were delicious, to say the least. They were boneless, thick cut pork chops that cooked perfectly. I want to stress the emphasis on “thick cut” because I find that thin pork chops are very difficult to cook. With the thinner chops there is about a 37-second grace period before the chops go from perfectly cooked, to dry and hard overcooked pieces of brick.

I really enjoy purchasing meat from Costco because of the quality and the quantity of the product. We bought 13 of these large pork chops for just $12, what a bargain! But one might ask…what do you do with 13 pork chops?  The answer: ziplock and freeze. The key to freezing meat is to wrap each item separately.  Otherwise, the moisture from the meat will cause them all to stick together and form one large conglomerate mass that is impossible to break apart.  I like to put each individual piece of meat in its own little sandwich bag, and then put all of the sandwich bags in a big freezer bag. 

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Cilantro Mint Curry Pork Chops
2 servings

2 boneless pork chops
3 cloves garlic
2 hot chili peppers (I used Thai)
1 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp olive oil

1. In a food processor, combine garlic, peppers, cilantro, mint, sugar, cumin, salt, lime and curry powder until it forms into a paste.
2. Spread herb paste evenly around each pork chop.
3. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Then reduce to medium heat.
4. Cook pork chops for 6 -10 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Pork should be cooked until its internal temperature is between 145-160 degrees.

If you want to make a nice sauce to go with your pork, you can reserve some of the herb paste and mix it with sour cream.  My suggestion is to use a 1:1 ratio, but it’s up to you.

Enjoy!

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One Response to “Cilantro mint curry pork chops”

  1. Kayla November 12, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    Made these tonight and they were superb! Thanks for the recipe

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