Friday, May 8, 2015

Pork Chops with Apricot Mostarda

Recently we made our dinner decision based on what meat was in the freezer. I like to make sure we eat the freezer stuff in a timely manner. I do not like to keep meats longer than 4-5 months. There were 3 chunks of pork loin that were purchased in early March and we decided it'd be a good idea to eat one of the three. We decided to slice the pork chunk into 6 chops and try a recipe from Altius that was printed in the newspaper: Berkshire Pork Chops with Apricot Mostarda.
Obviously our pork was not Berkshire pork. It was Costco pork loin cut, by us, into chops. We halved the recipe for the apricot mostarda. Four kinds of mustard (dried, mustard seed, Dijon, and whole grain) plus white wine, crystallized ginger, shallot, dried apricots, and rice-wine vinegar. It's easy to measure & dump everything into a saucepan and then it's pretty hands off while it simmers. While it simmered, we ate breakfast and read the newspaper, and we stirred occasionally to make sure nothing was sticking to the bottom of the pan. When it was ready, we pureed it in our Magic Bullet and definitely needed to add some water to get it to puree into a jam-like consistency.
Sadly, by dinner time it had started raining so we didn't get to grill the pork chops. Instead, we cooked them in the oven for about 10 minutes per side. We didn't bother checking with our meat thermometer, we guessed and then verified by cutting one chop in half.

Our pork was cooked through and juicy. The mostarda was fruity but also tangy, a little sweet but not too sweet. I'm really starting to like pork with peach/apricot flavor (the peach pulled pork).

We'll definitely make this again.

*To re-heat, we put the chops in a small glass baking dish, topped the chops with mostarda, covered the baking dish with foil, and re-heated for 10-15 minutes, just enough to get the chill out of the chops & mostarda but not further cook/dry out the pork chops.

Recipe here.

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  2. I really enjoy your blog and have been reading it for years. I am SouthAfrican so find everything you do fascinating shopping to gardening.I read the same authors that you do and watch similar TV shows although only some months later..thank you for the years of pleasure

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