Saturday, March 19, 2011

West Cork Pork Chops

I was looking for an Irish pork recipe for this St. Patrick's Day and found this nice website on Irish culture and customs. “The truth is, the menu on March 17th was usually "a nice bit of boiled bacon." Pork is a lot more authentic than salted beef!”
Of course I have a lot of pork, what with two FFA pigs in the freezer. I’m sure going to miss that girl when she goes off to college this fall – for so many things. I found store brand Dijon mustard at Wal-Mart, what a surprise. We buy sorghum at the county Harvest Festival each October and the only beer I could find was a lone bottle of Negra Modelo I had stashed in the pantry.
This turned out so pretty with the onion slices lying on top of each chop and accompanied by Green & Gold Potatoes.
Serves 4 to 6

4 to 6 pork chops, 3/4 inches thick
dash of salt and pepper
1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
¼ cup sorghum
1 large onion sliced crosswise (at least one slice per chop)
1 (12 oz.) bottle dark beer (Guinness or Negra Modelo)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 13” x 9” glass baking dish with canola oil spray.Heat a 10 inch cast iron skillet until hot and dry. Remove from heat and lightly coat with canola oil spray. Return to very low heat while gathering ingredients.
Trim excess fat from pork chops and sear in skillet over high heat one at a time. As they are browned, place in baking dish.
When all the pork chops are in the baking dish, season with a tiny bit of salt and pepper.
Put sorghum in a small dish and warm in microwave so it will mix and spread easier. Stir in mustard and spread on chops.
Top each chop with a slice of onion.
Pour 1 cup of beer over chops and drink the rest!
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes.
Serve with applesauce and Green & Gold Potatoes.

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