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Monday, September 28, 2009

Grilled Molasses and Orange Glazed Pork Chops, with Roasted Root Vegetables, and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette Slaw

Wondering what to make for dinner tonight after a long, hard day of work and on a night when your kid's school project is due? Well, wonder no more. Here's a great meal idea that is quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. It's my grilled molasses and lemon glazed pork chops, served with baked sweet potatoes, beats, and carrots, and a side of slaw with a lemon and honey vinaigrette. Enjoy!

Pork Chops:
What You Need (for 4 servings):
  • 4 Pork Chops (bone-in, thin cut recommended)
  • 1/2 a cup of Molasses (or use honey if you don't have Molasses)
  • Juice from 1/2 an orange
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds (not necessary, but adds extra flavor)
  • 1 Tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary (use dry rosemary, if you don't have fresh)
1-2-3 Step Before Grilling
  1. Rinse, pat dry and season the pork chops with salt and pepper
  2. Combine all the remaining ingredients to make a glaze
  3. Pour the mixed glaze onto the pork chops
Voila! Grill the pork chops (you can use the oven if you don't have a grill or if it's cold out)

Roasted Vegetables (you can substitute any vegetables you like roasted)
What You Need:
  • Sweet Potatoes (w/skin cut into bite size pieces)
  • Fresh/Raw beats (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
  • Carrots (peeled and cut into bite size pieces)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (just to coat vegetables)
Place cut-up vegetables onto a baking sheet, season with salt and pepper, mix some olive oil on vegetables. Then, roast in a 375-degree oven until tender (about 20 minutes)

Slaw w/Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette
What You need:
  • 1/2 a package of shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 package of shredded carrots
  • 1/2 package of shredded red cabbage
  • Juice from 1/2 of lemon
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
What To Do:
  • Mix the shredded vegetables in a medium bowl
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a jar w/lid (old jelly jar works great; or whisk in a bowl)
  • Pour the vinaigrette on the vegetables
  • Mix and serve
Recommended Wine? Frei Brothers Reserve Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, CA 2007). This wine is has a deep purple color. Its flavor components are berries (maybe Blackberries and Cherries). It is a wine that is ready to drink now, but can be saved for a couple of years. It is complex on the tongue with each sip, but has a long-lasting finish. This wine is typically $22 at Safeway, but I bought it recently for $11. Enjoy!

Until next time . . . Cheers!


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